Outdoor burning ban starts Thursday

An outdoor burning ban will take effect Thursday, Aug. 16, according to Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam.

Under the Phase 1 ban, all outdoor burning permits will be temporarily suspended. No outdoor burning will be allowed except for cooking fires in contained cooking units.

Recreational fires will be allowed, but they must be in a designated fire pit that is clear of vegetation and at least 25 feet from buildings, fences or anything that might burn, Recreational fires can be no larger than three feet in diameter and must be attended at all times by an alert adult with immediate access to a shovel and a water source, according to the fire marshal's office.

Officials said the ban will stay in place until there is "significant and sustained rainfall."

The burning ban includes all of Bainbridge Island.

For more information, call the Bainbridge Island Fire Department at 206-842-7686 or 1-800-323-BURN.

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