OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has modified a statewide ban on outdoor burning in light of storms forecast to bring significant rain.

The governor is lifting the ban for Western Washington counties, effective at 8 a.m. Saturday. For all counties east of the Cascade Mountains, the outdoor burn ban will remain in effect through midnight Monday.

Gregoire called the rain that started Friday a welcome change for a state that has seen major wildfires. Still, she urged residents to continue to take extra caution to prevent additional human-caused fires.

The governor made her decision after consulting with state Department of Natural Resources Director Peter Goldmark and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste.

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