OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire has extended an emergency proclamation declaring a State of Emergency for all counties east of the Cascades.
The move extends a burn ban for Eastern Washington through midnight Monday, Sept. 24th.
The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including but not limited to:
• Residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement and agricultural burning activity
• Ignition of fireworks.
The order ensures continued air support from the Washington National Guard to help fight wildfires and extends a burn ban through Monday, Sept. 24.
Gregoire announced the move Tuesday while visiting the community of Liberty, where she urged residents who have been asked to evacuate to leave their homes.
Hundreds of residents have been asked to evacuate their homes in central Washington, and more than 4,000 firefighters are battling the blazes.