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"Burn ban map: better, but not perfect"

"It looks better, and it has street names.But the new Kitsap County burn ban map posted at www.kitsapburnban.org still is drawing fire from Central Kitsap residents such as Ron Ross, owner of Silverdale Realty.It's a 100 percent improvement, (but) it's still basically outdated information, Ross said.Ross said he checked the map at Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 51 and gave it high marks.The fire halls have great big maps, and the street names are on them, Ross said. But the smaller street maps available to the public are not much better than they were, he said.They're certainly better, but they're certainly confusing, he said. Could you tell someone how to get to Klahowya High School from this?CKFR staff assistant Carol Westby at Station 51 agreed.The problem we saw is, it's great as far the boundaries (are concerned), but the boundaries are not clear enough to see as road names, Westby said.So we took a marker and drew in the road names, she said.She told of a man from Mountain View Road who came in to see the big map because he found the Web site map unreadable.He said when he zoomed in on the boundary it was becoming blurred, Westby said.She said the map is not perfect, but it is better. We just customized ours to eliminate more confusion for the people who come in. It's nice to have, ... it's just the roads are not quite big enough to see.The map also is available at the county government Web site, www.wa.gov/kitsap. The kitsapburnban.org site is linked to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the group responsible for imposing the ban, which offers information related to outdoor burning restrictions.Westby said the most frequently asked question from residents is, are we in the burn ban area?The second, particularly from elderly and disabled residents is, what do we do with the clippings?We've been giving out the burn ban hotline, and the number to call at the Department of Public Works, as far as disposal, said Westby.Ross said he's made his peace with the situation.It's pretty to look at, he said of the ban area map on the Web site. I called the commissioners and thanked them, but I'm dropping the issue. I felt I couldn't get anything resolved. Until a yard waste collection program by the Department of Public Works goes into effect this spring, the only alternative to burning for Central Kitsap residents is to take it to the drop-off station on Dickey Road north of Newberry Hill Road. "

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