Burn ban loosened on North Olympic Peninsula

Burn bans in Jefferson and Clallam counties have been loosened to allow for recreational fires and the use of charcoal briquettes.

Clallam County Fire Marshal George Bailey and Jefferson County fire chiefs and fire marshal announced the change Monday, effective immediately.

The ban on land clearing and debris burning enacted on July 1 will remain in effect until Oct. 1, when the ban will be reevaluated in both counties, fire officials said.

“Though there has been some precipitation, the county has not seen any significant wetting recovery,” said the Facebook post by the Jefferson fire chiefs.

“The majority of Jefferson County has received under 2 inches of rain over the last three months.”

Both counties are in the moderate category of the state fire danger rating.

Recreational fires are defined as a fire that is smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height, said Bailey’s press release.

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