King County Fire Danger Burn Ban in Effect June 22, 2015

A fire/safety burn ban is in effect for King County. The Phase I Burn Ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires.

Recreational fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.

Please note – the use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques would continue to be allowed under the ban. For properties located within cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.

Source: http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/BurnBanInfo.aspx

Skagit County Burn Restrictions in Effect June 23, 2015

Due to the decrease in fuel moisture levels and available fire resources, the Fire Marshal’s Office will modify the burn restrictions in unincorporated areas of Skagit County to allow recreational burning only. This change will be effective as of Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:00 am.

Recreational fires are those used for cooking and pleasure and consist only of charcoal or firewood and they must meet the following requirements:

  • Fires must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 16 inches high, no larger than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones, or #10 gauge steel.
  • Burned materials must be kept lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure.

The following must be in the immediate vicinity of the enclosure and present at all times during burning:

  • A charged garden hose, or two, five-gallon buckets of water, or a 5 gallon class-A fire extinguisher, and a shovel.

Fires must be 10 feet from any standing timber and there must be no tree branches within 10 feet above the enclosure.

There must be at least one person 16 years of age or older who is capable of putting the fire out in attendance at all times.

As of Tuesday, June 23 at 8:00 am, debris-burning fires are not allowed until further notice. If residing within the city limits of any of the incorporated cities or towns, contact your city fire department for current burning restrictions.

The permanent open burning ban remains in effect in the cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, Hamilton, La Conner, Lyman, Mount Vernon, Sedro Woolley, and their urban growth areas. For more information on the burn ban in these cities, contact the Northwest Clean Air Agency at (360) 428-1617 or visit www.nwcleanair.org

If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call (360) 856-3500 for burn permit information.

For more information or questions regarding open burning in Skagit County, please contact the Skagit County Deputy Fire Marshal Bonnie LaCount at (360) 416-1842 or call burn line for recorded information relating to current burning restrictions .

Permit Process

If you wish to obtain a burn permit, please contact the Deputy FIre Marshal at 360-416-1840 to arrange a site visit. Once he has visited the burn site and determined you are eligible for a permit, he will issue one at the site.

Residential: $30.00
Land Clearing (over 10′ x 10′): $85.00

Kevin Noyes
Deputy Fire Marshal
Skagit County Fire Mashal’s Office
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone (360) 416-1842

Source: http://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/FireMarshal/burning.htm

Whatcom County – Effective 8am Wednesday, June 17th Burn Ban In Effect

Due to the hot weather conditions ahead and low fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will be enacting restrictions on all open burning for unincorporated Whatcom County starting 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 17th.

All land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued at that time.

Recreational fires will still be allowed in designated campgrounds and on improved properties with the landowner’s permission. To find out the requirements for an approved enclosure and to hear current burn ban conditions, please call the burn information line at (360) 676-6934.

Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine.  In addition if you have an illegal fire that escapes or needs to be extinguished by the fire department, you may be held financially responsible for fire suppression costs, as well as criminally charged for Reckless Burning.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger Level:  MODERATE

Requirements for recreational fires:

RECREATIONAL FIRE/CAMPFIRE

  • UP TO 3’ X 3’ OF SEASONED FIREWOOD OR CHARCOAL ONLY
  • MUST HAVE ENCLOSURE 16” HIGH, MADE OF STEEL OR CEMENT BLOCKS
  • **ALTERNATE FOR BEACH FIRES (WHERE ALLOWED) IS 8” DEEP PIT WITH  4” HIGH STONE WALL AROUND**
  • 25 FT. FROM STRUCTURES, TIMBER, COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL
  • GARDEN HOSE OR (2) 5-GALLON BUCKETS OF WATER AT FIRE
  • HAND TOOLS REQUIRED ON-SITE
  • ALLOWED AFTER DARK WHILE ATTENDED
  • FIRES MUST BE ATTENDED UNTIL OUT COLD AND DOUSED WITH WATER
  • NO BURNING WHEN WINDS EXCEED 7 MPH

Source: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/690/Open-Burning

Yakima County Fire Danger Burn Ban Effective June 19, 2015

The Yakima County Fire Marshal has declared a county-wide burn ban effective Friday, June 19, 2015, at 12:01 p.m.

Due to the extremely dry conditions and the lack of available water resources, the Yakima County Fire Marshal has declared a ban on all open burning in the unincorporated areas of Yakima County.  All burning, including bonfires and recreational fires, are prohibited.  “It is our hope that by declaring a burn ban, we will help ensure that human-caused fires will not divert the resources we need to fight wildfires caused by natural events,” said Yakima County Fire Marshal Jakki MacLean.

Yakima County is cooperating with a number of state and federal agencies as well as local Fire Protection Districts to help protect citizens, property and the environment from the devastation of uncontrolled fire. Ms. MacLean also reminds citizens that there is a ban on all fireworks in the unincorporated areas and a number of cities within Yakima County.

Outdoor burning in violation of the local ban may be subject to a fine of $1,000, arrest, and/or jail and should be reported to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 574-2500.

Please check our website for the most up-to-date information at: http://www.yakimacleanair.org  or call the YRCAA office at (509) 834-2050.