Category Archives: Burn Bans

Snohomish County Burn Ban LIFTING Sept 12th, 2019

PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               

 

 

IMPLEMENTED BY:    Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office

ISSUED BY:                  Michael W. McCrary, Snohomish County Fire Marshal

CONTACT:                    Terri Irwin, 425-388-3557

DATE OF RELEASE:     September 11, 2019

 

Outdoor Burning Ban Lifted for Unincorporated Snohomish County

EVERETT, Snohomish County—Due to recent rains and anticipated cooler weather conditions, effective Thursday September 12th, 2019 at 8:00 a.m., the burn ban is lifted for all of the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County by order of the Snohomish County Fire Marshal, Michael 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.

Please note: Garbage, household trash, lumber, building construction waste, or demolition debris may not be burned.

If you live in Arlington, Brier, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Gold Bar, Index, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood or Sultan, please contact your local fire department for burn restrictions.  For those residents living within the boundaries of another city or town not listed above, please check with your local fire department for current burning ban 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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For current Fire Safety Burn Ban information, contact your local Fire District or the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/

Questions about Burn Bans on federal lands should be directed to the U.S. Forest Service, Region 6: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/alert-notices

For AIR QUALITY BURN BANS, contact your local Clean Air Agency.

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Residential Burn Ban in Effect July 15 – October 1 in Thurston County

Outdoor burning of residential materials in Thurston County is prohibited July 15 through October 1 each year. This seasonal prohibition, crafted by the Thurston County Residential Outdoor Burning Committee, has been in effect for many years. The Committee includes representatives from Thurston County, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), local fire agencies and Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA).

Outdoor burning is prohibited year-round for residents within the cities of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey, as well as for county residents within the Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundary. At this time, recreational fires are not affected by the seasonal curtailment. Recreational fires are fires used for entertainment or cooking purposes and are made of either charcoal or seasoned firewood. They can be no larger than 3-feet diameter.

The restrictions on outdoor burning during the summer and early autumn have resulted in a significant drop in brush fires and property damage each of the past couple years, according to fire officials.

“Safety stands as the most important consideration here,” said Dan Nelson, spokesman for ORCAA. “Also, as the restrictions have greatly reduced the number of escaped brush fires in the county each year, there has been a reduction in big smoke events as well.”

Fortunately, safe and effective alternatives to burning exist. Residents have several options for disposing of their yard waste. These include the following:

  • Composting: Maintaining a home compost pile provides you with a ready source of rich soil additives that will get rid of your yard waste while reducing (or eliminating) your need for expensive fertilizes. Use the natural compost as a soil additive in your gardens to keep your flowers bright, and your vegetables plump and tasty.
  • Chipping/Grinding: Bigger, woody debris may be too large for the compost bin. That’s where a chipper comes in. Rent one yourself, or get together with your neighbors to do a neighborhood chipping party. Wood chips can be composted, or used as ground cover around open flower beds (to supplement or replace expensive beauty bark).
  • County-Wide Curbside Organics Bin, Offered through LeMay, www.lemayinc.comCurbside organics/yard waste service is available in virtually all areas of Thurston County. To sign up for service and have a bin delivered to your home, call LeMay Enterprises at (360) 923-0111. If you live in the City of Olympia, call (360) 753-8368, option 1. (Yard waste bins are now called “organics” bins.) For more information, visit the Food Plus Organics Recycling web page.
  •  Yard Debris Drop-Off Site located at:

Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center,
2418 Hogum Bay Road NE
Lacey, WA 98516

For more information on the outdoor burning rules throughout ORCAA’s jurisdiction, visit https://www.orcaa.org/outdoor-burning/residential-outdoor-burning/

 

Snohomish County Fire Danger Burn Ban – Effictive July 15, 2019

 PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 IMPLEMENTED BY:    Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office

 ISSUED BY:                  Michael W. McCrary, Snohomish County Fire Marshal

CONTACT:                   Terri Irwin, 425-262-2109

DATE OF RELEASE:     July 11, 2019

Outdoor Burning Ban Announced in Snohomish County 

Everett, Snohomish County—Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has announced an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County that will go into effect Monday, July 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

This restriction bans outdoor burning, except for recreational fires. Recreational fires are less than three feet in diameter and two feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only.  Recreational fires must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all combustible material within a 10 foot radius, must be monitored at all times, and must have a water source readily available (at a minimum, a charged water hose or a five-gallon bucket of water).

This burn ban will be in effect until further notice. If you live in Arlington, Brier, Darrington Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Gold Bar, Index, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood or Sultan, please note that they are also participating in this burn ban, and these restrictions will apply within their incorporated boundaries as well. For those residents living within the boundaries of another city or town not listed above, please check with your local fire department for current burning ban information.

All outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) for agricultural burning, are suspended until this ban is lifted. This ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall and the fire risk returns to low.

With the continuing dry weather conditions, we urge the public to use great caution before lighting any recreational fires, since wildfires are a significant risk across the region. If you have any doubts about safety, please don’t burn.  Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

 

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