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Due to extended warm dry weather and extreme fire danger, a ban on recreational fires is in effect for the City of Anacortes.

Fires in approved fire pits at Washington Park and Fidalgo Bay Resort campsites are excluded from the ban at this time. All burn permits previously issued are temporarily suspended.

Please call the Anacortes Fire Department at 360-293-1925 for any questions regarding this ban.

Meanwhile, a modified burn ban remains in effect for county areas.

A modified burn ban is in effect for all residential yard and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County. The modified ban is effective until further notice. Skagit County will no longer issue permits for these activities and existing permits are suspended.

A burn ban is also in effect for certain state-controlled property.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has expanded the statewide burn ban to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through Sept. 30.

“After a relatively mild summer, we are entering a period of critical fire weather on both sides of the Cascades,” Goldmark said in a DNR press release.

High-pressure weather patterns will keep away marine moisture that normally limits the spread of wildfire, according to the release. The ability of Washington’s forests and grasslands to resist wildfire remains weakened after last year’s record drought.

The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forest lands protected by DNR firefighters. It prohibits all outdoor burning, including campfires in fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes. Liquid or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted.

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