Burn ban archives for: Snohomish County

Snohomish County to LIFT burn ban as of Oct 1st, 2017 @12:01 a.m.

EVERETT, Snohomish County—Due to anticipated rains and cooler weather conditions, effective Sunday October 1st, 2017 at 12:01 a.m., the burn ban is lifted for all of the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County by order of the Snohomish County Fire Marshal, Michael McCrary.  

This means that those individuals who have a current residential burn permit for yard debris will now be allowed to burn.  The burn pile must not exceed 4’ x 4’ x 3’.  Recreational fires are allowed in approved fire pits without a burn permit.  However, the fire pit must be constructed of a noncombustible material such as concrete or metal and shall be a minimum of 15 feet from structures.  A recreational fire by definition is a cooking fire or campfire using charcoal or firewood.  These fires may not be greater than three feet in diameter and/or two feet in height.  Water must also be immediately available.

If you reside in Snohomish County within an incorporated city or town, please contact your local fire department for burn restriction information.

We continue to ask you to use caution at this time of year, and if you have any additional questions please contact your local fire agency.  Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

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Downgraded Outdoor Burn Ban ~ Recreational Fires are NOW ALLOWED

Effective September 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. the restriction on recreational fires is lifted.

However, the outdoor burn ban will remain in effect for burn permits and permits issued by the PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency).

All outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) for agricultural burning, remain suspended until the burn ban is lifted. The burn ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall and the fire risk returns to low.

Citizens within the boundaries of an incorporated city or town, please check with your local fire department for current burning ban information.

Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

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DNR eases campfire restrictions after rains

Other outdoor burning still prohibited due to continuing high fire danger

OLYMPIA – With rain and cooler temperatures easing fire danger across Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lifting restrictions on recreational campfires.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, campfires will be allowed in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds Washington lands protected by DNR.

Because forests and rangelands remain dry from the summer’s low precipitation totals, other forms of outdoor burning, such as debris burning, remain prohibited under the burn ban ordered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

“We’re thankful to have rain help wet our landscapes, but as we saw with a quick-moving fire east of Ellensburg Sunday evening, we’re not out of fire season quite yet,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “I urge everyone to check with their local authorities before lighting campfires.”

Check local restrictions

Counties and local fire districts may have their own continued campfire bans. Burn restrictions on federally-owned lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas are administered by federal agencies. Check local restrictions, campground signs or with campground hosts before starting a campfire.

For current information on burn restrictions, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit DNR’s webpage showing fire danger and burning restrictions by county: www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions.

Those choosing to have a campfire in allowed areas should:

  • Use an approved or provided fire pit only; don’t create a new one.
  • Keep the campfire small.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby.
  • Never leave the campfire unattended.
  • To extinguish a campfire: drown with water, mix ashes, scrape partially-burned sticks and logs, and alternate drowning and mixing until cold. A campfire too hot to touch, is too hot to leave.

 More than 90 percent of Washington’s wildfires this year have been human-caused. As of Sept. 19, 2017, DNR has responded to 745 wildfires this year. Here is a year-to-date comparison of the last 5 years:

  • 2012 – 671 fires for 67,455 acres
  • 2013 – 722 fires for 126,027 acres
  • 2014 – 808 fires for 314,565 acres
  • 2015 – 953 fires for 753,104 acres
  • 2016 – 766 fires for 16,403 acres

Escaped and abandoned campfires are one of the state’s leading causes of wildfires, with an average of 105 fires started by campfires over the past five years. Washington also sees an average of 140 fires started by debris burning every year.

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 and participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.

 

UPGRADED Outdoor Burn Ban to include Recreational Fires ~ 9/1/17

IMPLEMENTED BY:                Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office

ISSUED BY:                              Michael W. McCrary, Fire Marshal

CONTACT:                               Terri Irwin, 425-388-3557

DATE OF RELEASE:                 August 31, 2017

FOR RELEASE:             IMMEDIATELY

UPGRADED OUTDOOR BURNING BAN TO INCLUDE RECREATIONAL FIRES 

Due to high fire danger and sustained hot and dry weather conditions, the outdoor burn ban previously issued July 7th, 2017 for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County has been UPGRADED to a complete burn ban which includes recreational fires. The upgraded burn ban will take effect September 1st, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. and be effective until further notice.

This restriction bans all outdoor burning, including recreational fires.

Citizens within the boundaries of an incorporated city or town, please check with your local fire department for current burning ban information.

All outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) for agricultural burning, are suspended until this ban is lifted. This ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall and the fire risk returns to low.

Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.