Snohomish County Burn Ban LIFTED ~ effective Friday, September 23, 2016

Outdoor Burning Ban Lifted for Unincorporated Snohomish County

EVERETT, Snohomish County—Effective Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8am the burn ban is lifted for all of the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County by order of the Snohomish County Fire Marshall, Mike McCrary.  

This means that those individuals who have a current residential burn permit for yard debris will now be allowed to burn.  The burn pile must not exceed 4’ x 4’ x 3’.  Recreational fires are allowed in approved fire pits without a burn permit.  However, the fire pit must be constructed of a noncombustible material such as concrete or metal and shall be a minimum of 15 feet from structures.  A recreational fire by definition is a cooking fire or campfire using charcoal or firewood.  These fires may not be greater than three feet in diameter and/or two feet in height.  Water must also be immediately available.

If you reside in Snohomish County within an incorporated city or town, or within an urban growth area, please contact your city fire department for burn restriction information.

We continue to ask you to use caution at this time of year, and if you have any additional questions please contact your local fire agency.  Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

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Fire Safety Burn Ban LIFTED in Mason County

The Mason County Community Development Director, as acting Fire Marshal, and in partnership with the Mason County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has determined that current weather conditions within Mason County, the near term forecast, and the recent “fall like weather” we have been having allows Mason County to lift the burn ban currently in effect.

This action mirrors that of the Department of Natural Resources whose website states “As of Tuesday, Sept. 20, the burn ban west of the Cascades has been lifted to allow outdoor burning”.

DNR lifting burn ban west of the Cascades; East of the Cascades, burn ban will allow campfires

NOTE: Fire Safety Burn Bans enacted by local county agencies remain in effect until those agencies lift them. The DNR changes apply only to lands protected by DNR fire crews.

With continued fall weather conditions west of the Cascades, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lifting the ban on outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands in western Washington, effective 12:01 a.m., Sept. 20.

The burn ban east of the Cascades has been eased in order to allow campfires in campfire pits in designated campgrounds only.

“The fall weather pattern shows us it’s time to lift western Washington’s burn ban,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “It will also permit us to ease the burn ban east of the Cascades by allowing campfires in some locations.”

There are exceptions. Due to continued high fire danger, campfires may not be allowed in some locations in northeast Washington.

Check before having a campfire
County burn bans may still be in effect in various locations throughout Washington, and residents should check with local fire districts for information. If campers and visitors are unsure about whether a campground is on DNR-protected land, they should check with local park authorities. Also, check with them on any campfire restrictions that may be in place.

Those choosing to have a campfire in allowed areas should:
•    Use an approved or provided fire pit only; don’t create a new one.
•    Keep the campfire small.
•    Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby.
•    Never leave the campfire unattended.
•    To extinguish a campfire: drown with water, mix ashes, scrape partially-burned sticks and logs, and alternate drowning and mixing until cold. A campfire too hot to touch, is too hot to leave.

Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition remain illegal on all DNR-protected lands.

Those who negligently allow fire to spread or who knowingly place forestlands in danger of destruction or damage are subject to possible civil liabilities and criminal penalties under state law. DNR, as well as anyone harmed by such a fire, may pursue damages that include loss of property and fire suppression costs.

The burn ban east of the Cascades will run through September 30, 2016 and applies to all lands under DNR fire protection east of the Cascade Mountains, which does not include federally owned lands.

 

For current information on burn restrictions, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit DNR’s webpage showing fire danger and burning restrictions by county: www. fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/. For a description of activities prohibited by the burn ban, go to www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans.

 

For a copy of the Commissioner’s Order, go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans.

2016 Lifting of Pierce County Countywide Burn Ban

COUNTY-WIDE FIRE SAFETY BURN BAN LIFTED
EFFECTIVE 12 NOON
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
In light of recent rains and the forecast of continued precipitation and moderate temperatures, a decision has been made to lift the county-wide burn ban as of 12 noon today.
The lifting of the fire safety burn ban does not affect those areas in Pierce County where burning is prohibited because of environmental or pollution laws, nor in areas where the local fire district limits or prohibits burning. Burning in those areas is still not allowed.
Remember, burning is restricted to natural vegetation from the burn site only. The burning of garbage, paper or other refuse is strictly prohibited at all times. Contact your local fire department to see if you are required to obtain a burning permit.
For additional information or instructions please contact your local fire department or the Pierce County Fire Marshal’s office at 253-798-7179 or 800-323-BURN.