Thurston County Issues a Temporary Ban on Recreational Fires

Thurston County bans recreational fires Thursday 2pm through 8am Saturday in unincorporated parts of the County.

After consulting with the Executive Board of the Thurston County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners, the Thurston County Fire Marshal issued a temporary ban on recreational fires in unincorporated areas of Thurston County. The ban begins today, August 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. and runs through Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8 a.m.

During the ban, all outdoor burning, including campfires, bonfires, fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes is prohibited. Liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted.

Thurston County has been experiencing a high number of smoke investigations and respiratory emergency responses, and County residents are being cautioned that the combination of extremely hot temperatures and dry conditions make it unsafe to spark fires at this time. The dry conditions also increase the risk that fires can spread quickly.

For further information, please contact County Fire Marshal Brent Butler at 360-628-0885.

Thurston County Issues Fire Ban following Excessive Heat Warning

After consulting with the Executive Committee of the Thurston County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners, the Thurston County Fire Marshal issued a temporary ban on recreational fires in unincorporated areas of Thurston County. The ban begins today, August 19, 2016 at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, August 21 at 8 a.m.

During the ban, all outdoor burning, including campfires, bonfires, fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes is prohibited. Liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted. County residents are being cautioned that the combination of extremely hot temperatures and dry conditions make it unsafe to spark fires at this time. The dry conditions also increase the risk that fires can spread quickly.

The County’s burn ban comes in the wake of the National Weather Service Excessive Heat Warning which was issued earlier this week for Thurston County and surrounding areas and the Department of Natural Resources amendment of an earlier ban. Temperatures are projected to be around 100 degrees or higher for some parts of the County.

On August 17, 2016, Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark amended the previous burn ban issued on July 2, 2016, banning all outdoor burning with exception to camp fires and the use of charcoal briquettes. The amended burn ban now bans all outdoor burning including camp fires and the use of charcoal briquettes on all state lands.

 

Jefferson County Bans All Outdoor Burning, including campfires

All outdoor burning to include campfires, pits and use of charcoal briquettes, is banned in all areas within Jefferson County. Any outdoor burning is illegal.

EFFECTIVE IMMIDENTLY – AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, a burn ban will be in effect for all outdoor burning, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL FIRES, PITS AND THE USE OF CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES, within Jefferson County, as recommended by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson County Board of Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal. Any outdoor burning is illegal.

As of August 17h , 2016 Commissioner Peter Goldmark of the Department of Natural Resources AMMENDED the previous BURN BAN issued on July 2, 2016, banning all outdoor burning with exception to camp fires and the use of charcoal briquettes. The amended burn ban now bans all outdoor burning including camp fires and the use of charcoal briquettes on all state lands.

For more information about fire danger in Jefferson County, please contact East Jefferson Fire Rescue or go to East Jefferson Fire Rescue’s web site www.ejfr.org. Additional information may be available from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Burn Restrictions have been modified in unincorporated Clallam County to a FULL BURN BAN

Due to atmospheric conditions of reduced moisture levels, low humidity and warmer weather combined with the reduced availability of fire-fighting resources the Clallam County Burn Ban is being modified to include all campgrounds within unincorporated Clallam County (County controlled campgrounds are included in the burn ban). This modification prohibits all outdoor burning. Outdoor burning includes, campfires, bonfires, briquette BBQ’s, residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement and agricultural burning activity.

Propane/gas appliances are permitted provided the use is over a non-flammable surface and at least 5 feet from flammable vegetation. The exception to this modification is those campgrounds within the Olympic National Park.

The Clallam County Fire Marshal’s office works closely with local fire districts and local fire departments, and strongly urges all county residents and property owners to be attentive to the condition of their properties through proactive fire prevention measures.

Maintaining a 30-foot defensible space around structures will help aid fire fighters by creating a zone of protection around your personal property.

You can find more information concerning Defensible Space on the Clallam County website http://www.clallam.net/Permits/burningrestrictions.html