Whitman County Gazette 

Governor declares fire emergency


Sippakorn Yamkasikorn I Pexels

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency relating to the growing risk of wildfires, including a statewide prohibition on most outdoor and agricultural burning through Sept. 30.

The ban includes camp, agricultural, and other fires, but not gas grills or contained fire pits on private property.

"Washington is facing a historic drought and we have already experienced record-breaking heat. We must be vigilant in our efforts to prevent wildfires, and the loss of life and destruction of land and property that comes with them," Inslee said. "We don't want a repeat of recent years w...

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