Bulletin: Risk of wildland fire on the rise

San Juan County fire officials encourage islanders and visitors to take precautions with recreational fires and outdoor barbecues, as a prolonged stretch of warm, dry weather has elevated the danger of fire from low to "moderate."

According to the San Juan County Fire Marshal, fuel moisture readings around the region prompted an increase in the risk of fire, and fire danger signs are now at the cautionary yellow level. The drop in moisture levels increases the risk of a wildland fire, in particular, according to fire officials.

Recreational fires of no more than two feet are allowed, centered within a cleared area six-foot in diameter. Recreational fires should never be left unattended and be fully extinguished, and cold, before leaving the area.

The fire-risk level may likely increase from moderate to "high" sometime within the next few weeks if the current weather pattern continues, according to the fire marshal.


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