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County-wide Burn Ban Begins

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fire response - stock picWhile such burn bans are permanently in place within the Ferndale city limits and designated urban growth areas (UGA), the County Fire Marshall has declared outlying areas will also be under an open burning ban beginning 8:00am Wednesday, June 17th, until further notice.

There have been several bark and grass fires reported in the last week as hot weather and low moisture combine to create dangerous conditions.

According to the County Fire Marshall’s announcement,

All land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued at that time.

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The penalties for violators are stiff,

Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine.  In addition if you have an illegal fire that escapes or needs to be extinguished by the fire department, you may be held financially responsible for fire suppression costs, as well as criminally charged for Reckless Burning.

For more details, visit the Fire Marshall’s web page regarding open burning.

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