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Grant County lifts burn ban as temperatures cool

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Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:00 pm

EPHRATA - A Grant County burn ban was lifted Wednesday.

The Grant County Commissioners imposed the ban in July after a stretch of high temperatures with low precipitation. The ban restricted most outdoor burning except for Department of Ecology-approved agricultural burning, recreational fires in devices authorized by state and federal campgrounds and barbecue grills.

Firefighters leaving the area to fight fires in other areas and a series of wildfires in the county also influenced the decision, Fire Marshal Dave Nelson said.

Commissioner Carolann Swartz said the recent drop in temperatures and increase in participation led to the decision to lift the ban. The commissioner anticipates the ban won't be put back in place this year.

"Probably in a couple days, it's going to warm up and be dry again, but it's not going to be for a long stretch," she said. "We all agreed it was time to lift the ban. There is a lot of farm burning going on right now... That's how people take care of fallen-down limbs."

The decision doesn't affect burning within the city limits and in the urban growth area, which is prohibited, Swartz said. Burn barrels are still prohibited.

"This enables people who live in an area where you can burn, to burn; then they can go ahead and take care of any kind of yard debris," she said.

For more information, contact the Grant County Fire Marshal at 509-754-2011.

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