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.