Burn ban archives for: Snohomish County

Snohomish County Burn Ban lifted as of 9/25/15 at 8am


Planning & Development Services

Office of the County Fire Marshal

PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN                                                        

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       

DATE OF RELEASE:        September 24, 2015



Effective Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8am the burn ban is lifted for all of the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County.  

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 within an incorporated city or town, or within an urban growth area, in Snohomish County, please contact your city fire department for burn restriction information.

We continue to ask you to use caution 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.

Thank you

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


DNR Expands Burn Ban to Include Western Washington, Effective June 22, 2015

OLYMPIA – With heat and drought rapidly increasing fire danger in western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is today expanding last week’s burn ban from DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington to include those west of the Cascades. The statewide burn ban will run from June 22 through September 30, 2015.

Read the press release at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2015_06_22_burnban_nr.aspx

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov

Snohomish County Fire Danger Burn Ban – effective 6/22/15


 Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County will go into effect Monday, June 22, 2015 at 8 a.m.

This restriction bans outdoor burning, except for recreational fires. Recreational fires are less than three feet in diameter and two feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only.  Recreational fires must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all combustible material within a 10 foot radius, must be monitored at all times and must have a water source readily available (at a minimum, a charged water hose or a five-gallon bucket of water).

This burn ban will be in effect until further notice. 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.

With the continuing dry weather conditions, we ask that any recreational fires be considered very carefully.  Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.