Burn ban archives for: Kitsap County

EPA Announces Burn Bans for W WA

Outdoor Burn Ban Declared for Western Washington Tribal Reservations Starting January 1

(Seattle – December 31, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is declaring a ban on all outdoor open burning on the following Indian reservations in Washington State due to stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution, effective at 8:00 a.m. on January 1, 2016. The burn bans will continue until revised or canceled.

Reservations of the following tribes are affected:

Lummi Nation Chehalis Tribe
Nooksack Indian Tribe Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
Tulalip Tribes Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Nisqually Indian Tribe
Port Gamble Indian Community Skokomish Indian Tribe
Squaxin Island Tribe Suquamish Tribe

The burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning, including camping and recreational fires, in all areas, regardless of ownership or tribal membership, within external reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the burn ban. For areas outside reservation boundaries, please contact your local clean air agency, fire department, or the Washington State Department of Ecology.

EPA requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution as much as possible, including excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces, unless they are the only adequate source of heat.

Air pollution can have significant health impacts. Cooperation from the community will help people who are most at risk during this period, including children, the elderly, pregnant women, people with asthma or difficulty breathing, diabetes, or heart problems. Those sensitive groups should avoid outdoor exercise and minimize exposure to outdoor pollution as much as possible. Under the most severe pollution levels all residents should restrict their activities.

An earlier burn ban remains in effect for the Yakama Nation Reservation in Eastern Washington.

To check conditions in your area, go to http://www.airnow.gov/ or https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/.

For current burn ban status, please visit: https://waburnbans.net/ or contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372 or by email to R10_farrhotline@epa.gov.

Find more information online at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/tribal.nsf/programs/farr-burn-bans.

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

Kitsap County Opens Outdoor Burning

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces that effective Friday, September 18, 2015 all outdoor burning may resume subject to the normal rules and regulations. Land clearing burning is still prohibited throughout the County and burning permits are required for general outdoor burning. Recreational burning may occur without burning permits. Permits may be obtained from your local fire district. According to David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal, “The early return of our fall weather pattern bringing rain, cooler temperatures and higher humidity allows us to open burning earlier than originally anticipated.” The fire marshal urges anyone doing outdoor burning to exercise caution and be mindful of smoke conditions that can affect your neighbors.

Kitsap County Phase II Burn Ban

(Port Orchard, WA)   Continued hot and dry weather has elevated fire danger to high levels, so the Kitsap County Fire Marshal announced Friday that the county-wide ban on outdoor burning is being expanded to include recreational burning, effective immediately.

A Phase II outdoor burn ban prohibits all types of outdoor fires, regardless of whether or not the fire is in a designated fire place or campground. With limited exceptions, no open flames are permitted; the prohibition does not include gas or propane-fired appliances. It also doesn’t affect barbecues using charcoal briquettes.

Said Fire Marshal David Lynam, “The spread of  the half-acre fire in Hansville shows how dangerous conditions have become.” The Hansville fire at Point No Point Park scorched nearly a half-acre of vegetation and driftwood. The suppression effort monopolized twenty firefighters for over twelve hours. Officials haven’t been able to determine an exact cause for the blaze, but say that there’s evidence suggesting that it was sparked by either an improperly-extinguished beach fire or fireworks. Both activities are always prohibited in Kitsap County’s parks.

Showers and cooler temperatures are forecast for the weekend, but officials don’t expect help from this minor shift in the weather. “It’ll take much more than a few showers to improve conditions,” says Lynam, “It took a long time to create this situation; it will take a long period of cooler temperatures and a lot of rain to make it better.”

The prohibition on all outdoor burning was implemented July 10.

For more information contact your local fire department, or call the Kitsap County Fire Marshal at 360.337.5777.

source: http://www.kitsapgov.com/press/2015/NR15-072.htm