Burn ban archives for: Jefferson County

East Jefferson FD Lifts Fire Safety Burn Ban effective Oct. 11, 2017

Effective immediately, the burn ban has been completely lifted. This means that yard debris burns of no larger than 3’x3’ and land-clearing burns (by permit only) are now allowed in Jefferson County Fire Protection District 1.

Remember, yard debris burns are never allowed within the limits of the City of Port Townsend and the Urban Growth Areas of Port Hadlock and Irondale. In these areas, only recreational fires of less than 3’x3’ are allowed.

East Jefferson Fire Rescue

Mailing Address: 24 Seton Rd, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Administrative Office: 360.385.2626

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

Jefferson County Burn Ban 2017 Extended Until Further Notice

Sept. 26, 2017

As agreed upon by the Fire Chiefs of East Jefferson County, in the best interest and safety of the public, the established 2017 county wide burn ban will be extended until further noticed. Further review of the fire danger within Jefferson County will occur in mid-October.

The burn ban will be in effect for all land clearing burns within Jefferson County.

Beginning October 1, 2017, – Recreational Fires will be allowed.

Requirements for recreational fires are defined by the international fire code (2015 IFC – Section 307) and the Washington State Administrative code (173-425-050).  Outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fire place, portable outdoor fire place, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purpose. Fires used for debris or rubbish disposal are not considered recreational fires and are illegal.

As previously noted, all county-wide burning is subject to immediate closure at any time due to an unusual fire danger index, or in the event air stagnation conditions exists as determined by the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Olympic Region Clean Air Authority and/or the Department of Natural Resources.

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.