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9/13/18 UPDATE: The recreational burn ban in Camas and Washougal has been officially lifted.

7/30/18 ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Effective Immediately, all outdoor recreational burning including campfires, outdoor fireplaces and chimney-type device is prohibited by the order of the Fire Chief in the cities of Camas and Washougal. This is due to the extreme fire danger and poor air quality being experienced in the area at this time.  We do not anticipate lifting this ban until a significant and sustained change in weather occurs.  Cooking or fires outside with approved propane/natural gas or charcoal barbecues is still allowed. If you rent an apartment or home many landlords do not allow barbeques so check with your rental agreement first.

The county’s fire marshal encouraged residents to create space around their homes to prevent wildfires from spreading to structures, or vice versa. Here are some measures people can take in rural and urban areas:

  • Remove fire fuels (vegetation and debris) from within 3 to 5 feet of foundations, outbuildings, garages and sheds; remove them from within 10 feet of a house and from under decks and porches; and clean out gutters and eaves.
  • Cut your lawn if it’s brown and dispose of the trimmings.
  • Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet above the ground.
  • Landscape with native and flame-resistant plants.
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