EPHRATA Grant County commissioners have imposed a temporary ban on outdoor burning effective today at noon.
The ban prohibits all outdoor burning until further notice and will be lifted once conditions improve, commissioners said. People caught burning could face fines and other consequences.
With hot, dry, arid conditions and a heavy load of dry grass and sagebrush throughout the county, officials anticipate new wildfires to ignite. The risks include nighttime fires, which may be ignited by summertime lightning storms.
The county ban does not affect fires at campgrounds in fire pits or agricultural burning such as the burning of field crop residue and orchard tear out residue, provided the burning is permitted and conducted in accordance with the state Department of Ecology, commissioners said.