Burn ban archives for: Mason County

For more information on current Burn Bans within this county, contact the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency, 2940 Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502: (360) 539-7610 https://www.ORCAA.org

Mason County Fire Safety Burn Ban implemented as of 5/23/19

Mason County Community Services – Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Mason County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has determined that current weather conditions within the County have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restrictions on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Mason County. These BURN BANS apply to Land Clearing Fires and Residential Debris Fires.

Recreational Fires, in designed concrete, stone, or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds are still permitted as well as the use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbeques.

Lands protected by Department of Natural Resources ( DNR) may have different restrictions. To find out more information or determine if you are in a Department of Natural Resources area visit https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/ or call the DNR South Puget Sound Region Office, (360) 825-1631.

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 with a shovel and a 5- gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water
    hose.
  • Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self- contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
  • No burning when winds exceed 5 MPH.

For further information, please contact the Mason County Burn Ban Information Line, (360) 427-7799.

DNR restrictions lifted in Thurson & Mason Counties

Effective at 0800 hours on May 18, 2019, the fire danger is LOW in Thurston and Mason Counties.

All silviculture burning requires a permit from the DNR if the pile is larger than 10 feet by 10 feet. Follow the conditions of your permit. Call 800-323-BURN daily before lighting any pile. There are no restrictions on recreational fires.

Check DNR’s interactive map for real-time updates: https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/

Multiple Counties impose ban on debris burning starting May 8, 2019

With temperatures expected to be above normal this weekend, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced an increase in fire danger rating on DNR-protected lands in southwest Washington.

“Fire season is here. These hot temperatures can rob our forests of moisture, setting the stage for more wildfires,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “While we can’t do anything to stop fires started by natural causes, we all play a role in preventing wildfires while enjoying the outdoors. Make sure to douse your campfires, don’t park in dry grass and tighten tow chains so they don’t drag on roadways.”

As of midnight last night, Thurston, Mason, Pierce, King, Kitsap, Skamania, Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties in Western Washington have imposed a temporary ban on debris burning in these counties. At the same time, fire danger in all those counties increased from low to moderate. Other than the southern portions of Garfield, Columbia, and Asotin Counties (i.e. the Blue Mountains), all eastern Washington Counties are also at Moderate Fire Danger.

The forecasted combination of dry landscape and warm weather has fire officials concerned as the weekend approaches. Current conditions are drier than normal, and grasses, brush, and trees are unusually receptive to fire starts.

Debris burning is not allowed within any  MODERATE fire danger county. Campfires may be allowed in approved designated campgrounds. Always check with local campground hosts before lighting a campfire.

Target shooting is currently allowed during the day on most DNR-managed lands in areas with an unobstructed, earth backstop that can safely stop all bullets.

Those who do target shooting are urged to pack out all shells, brass, paper, and other debris. Exploding targets and fireworks are not allowed on DNR-protected lands.

Check https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/ for any changes in fire danger.

 

DNR’s wildfire mission

Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with more than 800 permanent DNR employees available and another 550 seasonal firefighters hired for the summer season.

 

DNR lifts all burn restrictions in most Western Washington Counties as of 10/2/18

Effective 10/2/2018 the fire danger for is Low so the seasonal DNR Fire Safety Burn Bans have been lifted  in the following counties:

  • Clallam
  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Skamania
  • Snohomish
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum
  • Whatcom

If you have a written burning permit from DNR, burning is allowed subject to the conditions of your permit.

you have questions or would like to obtain a DNR burning permit for silvicultural burning, please call Olympic Region DNR at 360-374-2800. Fireworks and incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are always illegal on all DNR protected lands, which includes unimproved private property.