The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office initiated a countywide burn ban starting this morning — nearly a month earlier than normal.
High temperatures coupled with lower than average rainfall prompted the ban, the fire marshal’s office said in a news release.
All debris burning in the county is not allowed beginning at 8 a.m. until further notice.
“Burn bans are not unique, but usually they start in mid-July and run until early October. This year, however, the forecast calls for drier than usual conditions,” the fire marshal’s office said.
This upcoming wildfire season looks like a particularly bad one.
A projection from the National Interagency Fire Center, released April 1, revealed a higher-than-normal potential for large wildland fires in spring and early summer in Western Oregon and Washington, including Clark County.
Debris or slash burning is always illegal in Vancouver, and now it will be in the rest of county until there is enough rain and lower temperatures to ensure protection against wildfires.
Recreational burning is still allowed under a series of requirements. Campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated areas, such as commercial campgrounds and local, county and state parks. Campfires on private property are permitted under another list of regulations, which include keeping fires at least 25 feet from a structure or combustible materials, among other criteria.
Skamania, Cowlitz and Lewis counties have also implemented early bans.