County Commissioners ramp up restrictions with outright burn ban

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CHELAN COUNTY- Conditions are ripe for wildfires in North Central Washington. Chelan County Commissioners have ramped up restrictions including an outright ban on all outdoor burning.

The County’s Fire Marshal, Bob Plumb, says it won’t take much to spark a fire under the current conditions.

“It’s been hot for quite a while and it doesn’t look like it’s going to cool down anytime soon, I think the National Weather Service has today’s temperature predicted at 100 [degrees],” Plumb said. “It’s drying things out even more, and it’s already dry.”

The ban imposed by the county means no outdoor burning

“It means no campfires, no fire pits in the back yard– we just want no open flames, things will ignite very quickly and easily outside,”Plumb said. “The restriction does allow commercially manufactured barbecues to be used at your home, and if you have a wood or pellet stove, not that I think you need the extra heat, if they are enclosed and built into your homes you can still use those.”

Plumb also advises motorists that seasonal road restrictions are in place which prohibits any off-road travel.