Whole state under ban as fires burn

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.comOctober 9, 2012 

Crews were fighting two South Sound wildfires Monday, a day after Gov. Chris Gregoire extended an emergency burn ban to all counties in the state.

Outdoor burning is prohibited through midnight Oct. 15, which Gregoire said was due to elevated fire danger from the state’s long stretch of warm dry weather.

A blaze near Ashford that started Monday morning covered 9 acres and had been 20 percent contained by evening, according to Bruce Livingston, a spokesman for the agencies battling the blaze.

No homes appeared to be in danger, Livingston added.

Firefighters expected to monitor the blaze overnight and return in full force early today, he said.

A separate 229-acre fire that started Thursday north of Shelton was expected to be fully contained Monday night.

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency reported pollution levels Monday morning in the Shelton area that are unhealthy for sensitive populations, including the elderly, infants and young children, and those with heart and respiratory conditions.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com Staff and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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