A burn ban covering Benton and Franklin counties and 18 other counties east of the crest of the Cascades has been extended for a third time until noon Aug.15.
The ban took effect July 20 as wildfires burned across Washington and continuing dry and hot weather has worried Gov. Jay Inslee. It would have expired at noon Aug. 8.
Some case-by-case exceptions have been granted by the state, including for agricultural burning in Franklin County. In those cases, local fire districts also have to approve the time of the burn.
The ban covers bonfires, most campfires and fireworks. Burning of trash and yard debris, plus burning to clear land or get rid of weeds, also is prohibited.
Gas-fueled stoves are permitted if they are on a nonflammable surface and at least 5 feet from flammable vegetation. Charcoal grills are allowed at homes under the same conditions.
Campfires are permitted in state, county and municipal parks and campgrounds if allowed by individual parks.
The burn ban covers Benton, Franklin, Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties.