Burn Ban Issued for All of Washington County
Sorry, no campfires this weekend and maybe not for a while. Fire Chiefs in Washington County have issued a county-wide burn ban. The Chiefs have determined that fire danger is at a very high level because of the extreme dry conditions.
No burning permits will be issued to the public. No recreational campfires either. The ban also includes all use of fireworks. The order comes after a fire early Friday destroyed a home along White Bear Lake in Mahtomedi. Dry conditions and high winds allowed the fire to spread to two other homes, which were severely damaged.
The severe drought has brought wildfire conditions to the point that fires start easily from sparks or windblown embers and spread rapidly.
“The Washington County Fire Chiefs are taking this extraordinary measure to help ensure the safety of our residents, “says Deputy Fire Chief Alan Newman, President of the Washington County Fire Chiefs Association. “Conditions across the state, including all cities and townships of Washington County, are favorable for significant grass and wild fires.”
The ban will continue until further notice.