Burn ban archives for: Wahkiakum County

DNR Fire Danger Burn Ban in Effect STATE-WIDE

Outdoor burning off limits through Sept. 30
With the arrival of warm summer temperatures and below normal precipitation in western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expanded its burn ban to cover the entire state.

The statewide burn ban will run from July 29 through Sept. 30. A burn ban for DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington has been in effect since July 2. The ban may be extended or shortened based on fire weather.

“The arrival of summer weather creates greater danger for wildfires, which are serious threats to safety, property and habitat. We have already seen a number of roadside fires start on both sides of the Cascades,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “We must be cautious and vigilant to minimize the damage to our state.”
The ban means outdoor burning is prohibited on all forestlands that DNR protects from wildfire. Anyone caught violating the burn ban can face fines. Prescribed ecological burns approved by DNR will be allowed if expressly approved by Commissioner Goldmark.
Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal and other campgrounds are allowed.
DNR’s burn ban does not apply to federally-owned lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies. Counties and local fire districts may have additional burn restrictions.
So far this year, DNR has had 408 wildfire starts throughout the state.
Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected forestlands.
For a copy of the Commissioner’s Order, go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans.
DNR’s wildfire mission 
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state, and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. During fire season, DNR’s wildfire force includes more than 1,300 trained employees. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
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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

Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, and Wahkiakum County Burn Bans Lifted October 1, 2015

Southwest Clean Air Agency is the local clean air agency in these counties. Scroll down for your specific county of interest.

Clark County – Effective: October 1, 2015 – All burning is permanently banned in the Southern Clark County no burn area and the cities and surrounding urban growth areas of Vancouver/Camas/Washougal, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center and Yacolt.

Burning is limited to natural vegetation only in the remainder of Clark County. A free permit is necessary for all fires up to 10 x 10 x 6 and can be printed from our website at www.swcleanair.org, or you can obtain a free permit from your local fire station. Piles larger than 10 x 10 x 6 require a written permit from the Clark County Fire Marshal’s office; they can be reached at 360-397-2186.

For silvicultural or forest questions contact Dept of Natural Resources at 360-577-2025 or you can call the Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 or 1-800-633-0709 during normal business hours.

Cowlitz County – Effective: October 1, 2015 – All burning is permanently banned within the expanded Longview/Kelso no burn area and in the city limits and urban growth areas of Castle Rock and Woodland.

Burning is limited to natural vegetation only in the remainder of Cowlitz County. A free permit is necessary for all fires up to 10 x 10 x 6 and can be printed from our website at www.swcleanair.org, or obtained from your local fire station. Piles larger than 10 x 10 x 6 requires a written permit from the Southwest Clean Air Agency.

For silvicultural or forest questions contact Dept of Natural Resources at 360-577-2025. For more information you can contact the Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 or 1-800-633-0709 during normal business hours.

Lewis County – All burning is permanently banned in the city limits and urban growth areas of Centralia, Chehalis, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Pe Ell, Toledo, Vader and Winlock.

Burning is limited to natural vegetation only in the remainder of Lewis County. All burn piles, land clearing and residential, in unincorporated Lewis County require a free permit from Lewis County Community Development. Pile size varies with seasonal restrictions as outlined in the Lewis County Open Burn Permit. Call Lewis County Community Development at 360-740-1146.

For silvicultural or forest questions contact Dept of Natural Resources at 360-577-2025 or you can contact the Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 or 1-800-633-0709 during normal business hours.

Wahkiakum County – The seasonal burn ban has been lifted.

Burning is limited to only natural vegetation. A permit is necessary for all Residential and Land Clearing burning and can be obtained from your local public works dept at 360-795-3067.

For silvicultural or forest questions contact Department of Natural Resources at 360-577-2025 or you can contact the Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 or 1-800-633-0709 during normal business hours.

Wahkiakum County Burn Ban Status Update

Land Clearing Burning: Burn Ban in Effect

Residential Burning: Burn Ban in Effect

Recreational: Allowed, no larger than 4’x4’x3′ outside the Urban Growth Area

Agricultural: Burn Ban in Effect

Silvicultural: Burn Ban in Effect

Source: http://www.swcleanair.org/wahkiakum.asp

Questions: For more information, or if you have questions about these burn ban status, please contact Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 or 800-633-0709

Burn barrels: WAC 173-425 bans the use of a burn barrel and prohibits the burning of all material, except natural vegetation grown on the property and firewood (defined as bare, untreated wood, not dimensional lumber). This regulation also prohibits burning during periods of impaired air quality and prohibits outdoor burning from becoming a nuisance to surrounding neighbors and businesses. Fire safety burn-bans may also be called by county or local fire protection authorities.