Burn ban archives for: Jefferson County

Jefferson County Fire-Safety Burn Ban Implemented

As agreed upon by the Fire Chiefs of East Jefferson County, in the best interest and safety of the public, a county wide burn ban will be set into effect beginning July 1 through September 30, 2017 or until further notice.

The burn ban will be in effect for all land clearing burns within Jefferson County, as recommended by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Jefferson County Board of Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal. This burn ban does not currently apply to recreational fires.

Requirements for recreational fires are defined by the international fire code (2015 IFC – Section 307) and the Washington State Administrative code (173-425-050).  A outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purpose. Fires used for debris or rubbish disposal are not considered recreational fires and are illegal.

All county-wide burning is subject to immediate closure at any time if DNR declares an unusual fire danger index. No burning of any type will be allowed. Examples of such include; Recreational fires, beach fires, bonfires, or the use of portable outdoor fire places, briquettes, charcoal, wood pellets or any other material commonly used for cooking which when ignited produces heat and flame fire will not be allowed. Or in the event air stagnation conditions exists as determined by the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Olympic Region Clean Air Authority and/or the Department of Natural Resources,.

For more information about fire danger in Jefferson County, please contact East Jefferson Fire Rescue at (360) 385.2626, or go to East Jefferson Fire Rescue’s web site at www.ejfr.org.  Additional information may be available from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources or your local Fire Department.

Have a great Summer. Be safe and responsible. Please remember to completely extinguish all fires, cold to the touch.

Burn Ban Lifted in Jefferson County

Effective 10/1/2016, the Burn Ban will be lifted for all of eastern Jefferson County. Land clearing permits will be available at EJFR’s headquarters, located at 24 Seton Rd. at the entrance to the Glen Cove Industrial Park.

No open burning is ever allowed within the city limits of Port Townsend and in the Urban Growth Area (UGA) of Irondale/Port Hadlock.

To see a map of the boundaries of the Irondale/Port Hadlock UGA, click here.

For information on the normal burn regulations in our district, click on the PDF below:

EJFR Burning Guidelines

For additional information regarding burning status in all Washington state counties, please contact Washington Burn Bans.


DNR eases burn ban to permit western Washington campfires

Fire danger still high in eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across western Washington are prompting the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce campfire restrictions west of the Cascade Mountains. Effective Friday, Sept. 2, campfires will be allowed within approved fire pits in designated campgrounds on western Washington lands protected by DNR.

The campfire prohibition continues on DNR-protected lands across eastern Washington. The statewide ban on other outdoor burning, such as debris burning, also continues.

“With this wetter weather in western Washington, easing the burn ban in time to permit campfires over Labor Day weekend is the right thing to do,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who oversees DNR.

“There is still significant fire risk on the east side of the Cascades, however, so we can’t permit campfires there,” said Goldmark. “We ask the public to help firefighters by observing the burn ban, with this exception for westside campfires in approved fire pits.”

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.

Check local restrictions

Individual jurisdictions may have their own continued campfire bans. Check local restrictions, campground signs or with campground hosts before starting a campfire.

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.

 DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. During fire season, DNR’s wildfire force includes more than 1,300 trained employees. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.

 

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.