Burn ban archives for: King County

DNR Burn Ban Expires but some hazards remain

As a public safety precaution, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) campgrounds at Leader Lake and Rock Creek will remain closed because of damage caused by the Okanogan Complex fire. The Rock Creek picnic area will also remain closed.

Burned-out stumps, fire-weakened trees and concealed pits are dangers that can put recreationists at risk if they venture into these closed campgrounds or other recently burned areas. Distressed and snagged tree areas are especially prone to falling in high winds. Extensive damage to camp structures will likely keep the Rock Creek campground and picnic area closed through next year’s camping season, according to DNR. Pending restoration, Leader Lake may open in early April of next year.

Even though conditions have improved, eastern Washington still has active wildfires. As a result, additional recreation site closures are in place and may change with little notice. Please check for closures before heading out.

Visitors must check at campground entrances or with campground hosts before starting a campfire. See more at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/news/dnr-campground-closures-and-fire-restrictions-continue-ne-washington#sthash.0ZtyrpOp.dpuf

Campfires allowed in official campgrounds on western Washington lands protected by DNR

Date Effective: September 5, 2015
Applicability (Where): Department of Natural Resources (DNR) protected lands in western Washington


What’s Allowed

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In rare or unforeseen circumstances, exceptions may be considered and authorized only by signature of the Commissioner of Public Lands.

Source: http://wa-dnr.s3.amazonaws.com/publications/em_CPL_Burn_Ban_partial_lift.pdf


King County Fire Danger Burn Ban in Effect June 22, 2015

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.

Source: http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/BurnBanInfo.aspx