Fire Level Decreased, Campfires allowed on private property in Grays Harbor County

NEWS RELEASE

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Contact: Grays Harbor County Fire Marshal’s Office (360) 249-4222

 

Fire Level Decreased, Campfires allowed on private property

 

MONTESANO —Effective 12:01 A.M. Tuesday, September 18, 2018, With the recent wet weather the Grays Harbor County Fire Districts and Fire Departments in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), will be easing restrictions on outdoor burning allowing campfires on private land. Residential burning of yard debris, land clearing and silvicultural [forest practices] burning is prohibited until further notice.

 

Campfires are allowed on private property in fire pits where the following is observed;

 

  • The campfire shall be no greater than 3-feet in diameter and constructed of a ring of metal, stone or brick 8-inches above ground surface, with a 2-foot- wide area cleared down to exposed soil surrounding the outside of the pit.
  • The campfire shall have an area at least 10-feet around it cleared of all flammable material and at least 20-feet of clearance from overhead flammable materials or fuels.
  • The campfire must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16-years old with the ability to extinguish the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.

 

Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.

 

For more information on local fire restrictions

 

Grays Harbor County: Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 249-4222

Fire Districts: Emergency pages of the local telephone book

City Fire Departments: Government pages of the local telephone book

Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Pacific Cascade Regional Office at (360) 577-2025 or Olympic Region Office at (360) 374-2811

Olympic Region Clean Air Agency: 1-800-422-5623

Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest: (360) 565-3121

 

For information about fires on Local Beaches

 

  • All beach fires must be located 100 feet minimum from the dunes and comply with

WAC 352-37-105.

 

Washington State Parks: (360) 902-8844.

 

For daily updates on burn restrictions

 

Contact DNR at 1-800-323-BURN or visit the website at www2.wadnr.gov/burn-risk then click on fire information in the far right corner.

 

Contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website at www.orcaa.org.