Burn ban archives for: Pacific County

Effective Aug. 2, DNR Bans Outdoor Burning Statewide

Some campfires still allowed, check local restrictions before lighting any fire

OLYMPIA –Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a high risk of wildfires. In response, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is instituting a statewide ban on outdoor burning on the 13 million acres of forests and state parks under DNR fire protection.

Per the Commissioner’s Order, the ban begins Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Included in the outdoor burning ban are burn piles, prescribed burns, and the use of charcoal briquettes.

“When the risk of wildfire is this high – and when so many of our firefighting resources are already committed – we must take significant steps to protect our communities and firefighters,” said Commissioner Hilary Franz. “I know this is an inconvenience, and I appreciate the public understanding that this is not a safe time for intentional burning within our forests.”

The burn ban does not include federally managed lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, or other areas administered by federal agencies.

Campfires are still allowed in approved fire pits within some designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.

To avoid accidental wildfires, the public can practice these prevention tips:

Camping and recreating

  • Only build campfires where authorized and when not under a burn ban; put them completely out before leaving camp, even for a few minutes; use plenty of water and stir until the coals are cold to the touch. Check locally before lighting a campfire as conditions may change and counties and local fire districts may have additional or new burn restrictions.
  • Dispose of lit smoking materials appropriately.
  • Fireworks, incendiary ammunition and exploding targets start fires and are illegal to use or discharge on public lands, including all state forests.

 Vehicles and Towing

  • Be sure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle or trailer. They can throw sparks and start fires.
  • Make sure all off-road vehicles have a properly functioning and approved spark arrester.
  • Be careful driving through or parking on dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes can start the grass on fire. You may not even notice the fire until it’s too late.
  • Check tire pressure and condition. Driving on an exposed wheel rim can cause sparks.
  • Have brakes serviced regularly to prevent brake pads wearing too thin; metal on metal can spark or drop pieces of hot brake pad.

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning.

The outdoor burning ban is expected to last through Sept. 30, 2018, though may be extended or shortened based upon ongoing fire conditions.

Stay connected during wildfire season

Anyone who spots a wildfire should call 911 as soon as possible to report it.

DNR’s wildfire mission

Led 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 land. DNR is the state’s largest wildfire fighting force.

Fire safety Burn Ban in effect as of July 9, 2018.

The Pacific County Department of Community Development  issued a Fire Safety Burn Ban in conjunction with local fire departments as well as the  and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency

Fire Marshall Tim Crose says that the ban includes all outdoor burning other than recreational fires. All residential burning in conjunction with land clearing is prohibited until further notice.

Recreational campfires will still be allowed as long as they are within an improved fire pit in designated campgrounds. Campfires on private land will still be allowed if approved safety measures are followed.

  • The campfire shall be no greater than 3-feet in diameter and constructed of a ring of metal, stone or brick 8-inches above ground surface, with a 2-foot- wide area cleared down to exposed soil surrounding the outside of the pit.
  • The campfire shall have an area at least 10-feet around it cleared of all flammable material and at least 20-feet of clearance from overhead flammable materials or fuels.
  • The campfire must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16-years old with the ability to extinguish 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.

For more information, the county asks that you contact your local fire district or the Pacific County Community Development offices in Long Beach at 360-642-9382 or South Bend at 360-875-9356.

You can also call the Department of Natural Resources for updates on burn restrictions at 1-800-323-BURN or by visiting www2.wadnr.gov/burn-risk, or ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 and www.orcaa.org.

DNR Lifts Burn Restrictions in Pacific Region effective Oct. 1, 2017

Effective 0001 October 11, 2017 fire danger rating will be reduced to low.

If you have a written burning permit from DNR, burning is allowed subject to the conditions of your permit. For land clearing and residential backyard burning, please contact Olympic Region Clean Air Agency at 1-800-422-5623 for burning regulations.

If you have questions or would like to obtain a DNR burning permit for silvicultural burning, please call Olympic Region DNR at 360-374-2800.

https://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions

Pacific County Ban on Residential Burning LIFTED effective Oct. 1, 2017

Effective 12:01 AM October 1, 2016, the ban on backyard burning is lifted.

All residential outdoor burning requires a permit. These permits are free, and may be picked up from the fire station in Ocean Park, Pioneer Market, Jack’s Country Store, and the Surfside Homeowners Association Office.

Fires must be no larger than 4 feet in diameter, and made of only natural vegetation. Larger burn piles must be inspected before a permit is issued. Burning barrels are not allowed in the State of Washington. Barbeques and campfires made with charcoal briquettes or seasoned firewood do not require a permit. Fires on the beach are also allowed, 100 feet west of the dune line.

Burn Ban Lifted