Burn ban modified, still in effect for Eastern Wash.

Burn ban modified, still in effect for Eastern Wash.

Burn ban modified, still in effect for Eastern Wash.

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 5:33 PM

   OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has modified a statewide ban on outdoor burning in light of storms forecast to bring significant rain.


   The governor is lifting the ban for Western Washington counties, effective at 8 a.m. Saturday. For all counties east of the Cascade Mountains, the outdoor burn ban will remain in effect through midnight Monday.


   Gregoire called the rain that started Friday "a welcome change" for a state that has seen major wildfires. Still, she urged residents to continue to "take extra caution to prevent additional human-caused fires."


   The governor made her decision after consulting with state Department of Natural Resources Director Peter Goldmark and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste.

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