End nears on outdoor burning season

Outdoor burning permits for all residential and commercial brush piles will expire at the end of June.

The end of burn-permit season in San Juan County coincides with a statewide outdoor-burn ban authorized by the Department of Natural Resources, which goes into effect July 1.

Recreational fires — two feet in diameter or less — are still allowed if contained within a suitable fire ring.

The statewide ban is expected to remain in effect until October. San Juan County each year adheres to DNR's schedule on burn bans to lower the risk of uncontrolled fire.

The county Fire Marshal encourages islanders and visitors alike to be cautious with open flames, especially as vegetation dries out over the course of the summer. Recreational fire should be completely extinguished before left unattended.

For more info, visit the Fire Marshal website,, or call, (360) 378-3473.



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