Gov. Gregoire issued an immediate ban Friday on all recreational and agricultural burning in counties east of the crest of the Cascades with hopes of preventing yet another Washington wildfire.
“I’m not asking Washingtonians to think twice,” Gregoire said in a statement. “I’m asking people to think three times before doing even everyday activities.”
The ban will be in effect until midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 18. It does not apply to charcoal grills and liquid or gas-fueled stoves at private residences as long as owners operate them five feet away from flammable vegetation.
The Department of Natural Resources has already issued statewide burn ban for state-controlled lands went into effect July 1 and lasts until Sept. 30.