(Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/)
SEATTLE (AP) — Temporary bans on outdoor fires due to dry weather have been announced for the unincorporated areas of two of the most populated counties in Washington state.
The King County Fire Marshal issued a ban starting Monday for unincorporated areas that prohibits all outdoor burning except for recreational fires in approved devices.
All burning permits are also suspended until further notice and no additional permits will be issued in those areas.
KING-TV reported that Pierce County officials say a burn ban also went into effect July 1 and will continue until further notice in unincorporated areas.
The ban includes activities such as burning yard debris and setting fires to clear land.
Small recreational fires including bonfires in fire pits, cooking on self-contained gas or propane stoves and barbecues are still permitted.
Residents of cities within those counties should check with city officials to see if there are burn bans in those areas.