Burn ban still on

Despite recent rain, restrictions on all open burning will continue until further notice. According to Point Roberts fire chief Christopher Carleton, fuel moisture levels are low and danger of fire is still significant.

All outdoor burning is prohibited during this ban, including yard debris, land clearing and recreational fires.

Propane and charcoal barbecues are still allowed, but care should be used in the disposal of any charcoal and ashes. Charcoal and ash should be discarded in a metal container and dowsed with water. The container should be kept 10 feet from any structures or trees for 72 hours. Commercially available propane fire rings are currently allowed, but must be located 25 feet from trees, brush and structures and a water source must be nearby.

No ember-producing fires of any kind are allowed.

Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250 fine. In addition, if you have an illegal fire the fire department needs to extinguish, you may be held financially and criminally responsible.

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