The King county Fire Marshal reports that the Safety Burn Ban is OFF, effective September 18, 2015. Visit the King County Fire Marshal’s website for specific information on recreational fires and general information – http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/BurnBanInfo.aspx
Date Effective: September 5, 2015
Applicability (Where): Department of Natural Resources (DNR) protected lands in western Washington
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY APPLIES TO DNR PROTECTED LANDS. CURRENT LOCAL, FIRE DISTRICT, CITY, COUNTY, AND OTHER STATE FIRE DANGER BANS STILL APPLY.
- Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds on forest lands west of the Cascade Mountains crest within the state of Washington under DNR fire protection.
- DNR approved prescribed fire for ecological purposes, when such purposes can be accomplished successfully only by prescribed fire during the period of time from September 5, 2015 through September 30, 2015, to be considered and authorized only by signature of the Commissioner of Public Lands.
- In rare or unforeseen circumstances, exceptions may be considered and authorized only by signature of the Commissioner of Public Lands.
A fire/safety burn ban is in effect for King County. The Phase I Burn Ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires.
Recreational fires must:
- Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
- Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
- Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
- Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.
Please note – the use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques would continue to be allowed under the ban. For properties located within cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.
OLYMPIA – With heat and drought rapidly increasing fire danger in western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is today expanding last week’s burn ban from DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington to include those west of the Cascades. The statewide burn ban will run from June 22 through September 30, 2015.
Read the press release at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2015_06_22_burnban_nr.aspx
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