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Thursday, July 17,2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-11 STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun~ corn Firefighters battled a brush fire that burned for two hours about 3 acres across the street from the Deer Creek Store on state Route 3 on July 9. The cause of the fire is under inves- tigation. Central Mason Fire & EMS was alerted to the brush fire about 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival, crews found acres of grass burning in a hay field. The agen- cy reports that crews had difficulty gaining access to the fire. Winds blew the fire north, creating heavy smoke and limited visibility on state Route 3, according to the agency. A 2011 Chevrolet truck in the field was destroyed in the blaze. The pickup was being used to comb the grass for bailing. Mason County fire districts 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13 and 18 responded to the blaze along with three state Department of Natural Resources units, Washington State Patrol and the Mason County Sheriffs Office. Journal photos by Gordon Weeks Firefighters with the state Department of Natural Resources extinguish flames at a brush fire that burned about 3 acres alongside state Route 3 on July 9. ire c rn ason STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty.com A recent streak of warm, dry weather has prompted the Ma- son County Fire Mar- shal's Office and the Mason County Fire Chiefs Association to issue a countywide burn ban. The ban took effect at noon Friday. Recreational fires are still allowed under cer- tain circumstances. Permitted fires must be in metal or concrete fire pits and cannot be issue nln used for yard debris disposal. They must be a maxi- mum of 3 feet in diame- ter and be surrounded by a 10-foot firebreak with 20 feet of vertical clear- ance. The fire must also be 25 feet away from a structure or other com- bustible material. Fires cannot create a nuisance and an adult must be on hand to ex- tinguish the fire. For more information, go to co.mason.wa.us/ community_dev/fire_ marshal/index.php. STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Low water levels caused the state Department of Health to direct customers connected to the Alderbrook water system in Union to boil their water over the weekend. By Monday, the DOH had lift- ed the order, saying that lab tests show the water is safe to drink. Mason County PUD 1, which owns and manages the Alder- brook water system, asked cus- tomers of all of its water systems to conserve water to avoid anoth- er order to boil their water. PUD 1 owns 35 water systems in Mason County. Due to the dry weather and heat Mason County has experi- enced this month, several PUD water systems have experienced low water levels in their reser- voir, according to the district. If those systems lose water pressure, they could also have to boil their water. The utility is asking custom- ers with even-numbered street addresses to limit outdoor water use to even-numbered calendar days. Odd-numbered street ad- dresses should limit their out- door water use to odd-numbered days. Customers should continue this practice as long as tempera- tures remain in the 80s and 90s, according to the PUD. On Friday, the state DOH ad- vised Alderbrook customers to boil their water after they expe- rienced back-to-back water out- ages. During the outages, all three of the system's 100,000-gallon reservoirs went dry, potentially allowing contaminants to enter the water system, according to the PUD. The Alderbrook water system serves 455 homes and businesses including the Alderbrook Resort & Spa and the Alderbrook Golf Club. The year-round population of 1,100 increases to more than 3,100 during the summer, accord- ing to PUD 1. For more information, call PUD 1 at 877-5249. sales service parts special radio-controlled orders CARS TRUCKS HELICOPTERS PLANES BOATS ~ St. Louis Style Pork All-natural Applewood or Maple Spareribs Bacon Grain-fed London Broil Steak All-natural, bone.in/skin.on Chicken Breast or s I" lb. 40 $. cose lb. 555.60)