Outdoor burning to open early

Due to unusually wet weather patterns, the Orcas Island Fire Department has opened outdoor burning for 4-foot debris burn piles earlier than anticipated.

When burning a 4-foot pile, one must have a shovel and a water supply of at least five gallons on site. Keep the fire 50 feet from any structure and 500 feet from any forest slash. One may burn one pile at a time, and must be in attendance at all times. Clear the area around the burn pile of anything that might catch fire. Permits for this type of fire are available at the Eastsound Fire Station. The permit is free and valid for 12 months. Large or commercial burning will open Oct. 15.

For more information on burning conditions and burn permits, call the Fire Burn Line at 376-6600, or Max Jones at 376-2331.

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