Burn ban archives for: Kittitas County

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

DNR Fire Danger Burn Ban (East Cascades) Starting June 17, 2015

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced there will be a burn ban starting June 17 on DNR-protected lands east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains.

Applicable Lands: The eastern Washington burn ban APPLIES to state forests, state parks and forestlands under DNR fire protection.

Non-Applicable Lands: It does NOT include federally owned lands such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.

Read the DNR media release at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2015_06_16_burnban_nr.aspx

Fire Safety Burn Ban: Kittitas County- June 15, 2015 at 12PM

A Burn ban on all outdoor burning & use of charcoal / briquettes in the unincorporated Kittitas County remain in place until further notice.

– Recreational fires on private land may be allowed by Fire Chief approval in these districts: Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue #2 (KVFR#2), Kittitas Co Fire Dist #4 Vantage, & Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue. Lands east of the Cascade crest, protected by Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), a burn ban has started June 16, 2015.

KVFR#2 may allow, with prior Fire Chief approval, commercial Agricultural burning with an approved burn permit from Ecology, Central Region, Air Quality Program. After receiving permission from KVFR#2, contact Ecology: M-F, 8AM-5PM @ (509) 575-2490, ask for the Smoke Team member on duty.

Always check for recreational fire restrictions from campground, forest, or park before burning. Burning in restricted areas can result in hefty fines. See links below:

Washington State Parks, USDA Forest Service (NF): Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Be prepared to have fun without fire and have safe summer.

Air Quality burn bans over for the season- Next up: Fire Safety burn bans

No Air Quality burn bans at this time and will not start again until next home heating season, around OCT 1st each year.  As of April 6th, 2015, you can burn in woodstoves and fireplaces, following State and Local laws.  Only burn dry wood and with lots of air for a clean burning fire.

As vegetation outside dries out, Fire Safety burn bans start at the fire district level, then become County-wide bans. Check with your local fire authority about Fire Safety burn bans.

Burning has risks! Compost, chip, haul to landfill… practice alternatives to burning.

Most types of burning require a burn permit before ignition. Check with your local fire district and your Air Quality permitting office, Ecology, Central Region: (509) 575-2490

Never burn garbage…only natural, unprocessed vegetation in a fire.

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