Burn ban archives for: Clallam County

Clallam County Burn Ban starts July 1, 2017

Beginning July 1, 2017, the annual county-wide fire safety burn ban will be in effect in Clallam County. At this time, recreational fires are allowed. Recreational fires are fires used for entertainment or cooking purposes and are made of either charcoal or seasoned firewood. They can be no larger than 3 feet x 3 feet x 2 feet high.

We do not issue burn permits during the ban. Once the ban lifts in the fall, we will start issuing permits again.

Additional information here: http://www.clallamfire2.org/default.asp?ID=20


Urban Growth areas, including Port Angeles, Sequim, Carlsborg, Forks, Joyce, Clallam Bay, and Sekiu, are restricted from outdoor burning, through Washington State law.

Outside the UGA, contact your local Fire District for burning regulations and permit requirements.

– Clallam County Department of Community Development

DNR eases burn ban to permit western Washington campfires

Fire danger still high in eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across western Washington are prompting the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce campfire restrictions west of the Cascade Mountains. Effective Friday, Sept. 2, campfires will be allowed within approved fire pits in designated campgrounds on western Washington lands protected by DNR.

The campfire prohibition continues on DNR-protected lands across eastern Washington. The statewide ban on other outdoor burning, such as debris burning, also continues.

“With this wetter weather in western Washington, easing the burn ban in time to permit campfires over Labor Day weekend is the right thing to do,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who oversees DNR.

“There is still significant fire risk on the east side of the Cascades, however, so we can’t permit campfires there,” said Goldmark. “We ask the public to help firefighters by observing the burn ban, with this exception for westside campfires in approved fire pits.”

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.

Check local restrictions

Individual jurisdictions may have their own continued campfire bans. 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.fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/. For a description of activities prohibited by the burn ban, go to 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.


Burn Restrictions have been modified in unincorporated Clallam County to a FULL BURN BAN

Due to atmospheric conditions of reduced moisture levels, low humidity and warmer weather combined with the reduced availability of fire-fighting resources the Clallam County Burn Ban is being modified to include all campgrounds within unincorporated Clallam County (County controlled campgrounds are included in the burn ban). This modification prohibits all outdoor burning. Outdoor burning includes, campfires, bonfires, briquette BBQ’s, residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement and agricultural burning activity.

Propane/gas appliances are permitted provided the use is over a non-flammable surface and at least 5 feet from flammable vegetation. The exception to this modification is those campgrounds within the Olympic National Park.

The Clallam County Fire Marshal’s office works closely with local fire districts and local fire departments, and strongly urges all county residents and property owners to be attentive to the condition of their properties through proactive fire prevention measures.

Maintaining a 30-foot defensible space around structures will help aid fire fighters by creating a zone of protection around your personal property.

You can find more information concerning Defensible Space on the Clallam County website http://www.clallam.net/Permits/burningrestrictions.html