The Kitsap County fire marshal has announced a Stage 1 ban on outdoor burning.
Outdoor burning is prohibited, and burning permits are suspended, starting Aug. 5.
Exceptions include recreational fires in approved appliances and locations and permitted state or federal campgrounds.
Recreational burning includes small fires for cooking, religious or similar purposes, less than 3 feet in diameter in fire pits, fireplaces or outdoor appliances.
“The elevated temperatures (recently) dried fuels to a seasonal level making the ban on larger outdoor fires necessary,” county fire marshal David Lynam said.
Lynam does not expect to lift the ban until typical fall weather brings rainfall to the area. Those who have recreational fires are asked to always have a sufficient water source handy to put out the fire. Never leave any fire unattended.