For Immediate Release
July 7, 2009
Outdoor burning restrictions to start Wednesday in 5 Puget Sound counties
Forest & yard debris burning bans begin at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 8 in King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce and Snohomish counties
OLYMPIA – Effective 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2009, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with local fire chiefs and county emergency management officials, will restrict all outdoor burning for land clearing and silvicultural (forestry) purposes in King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. The restriction will run until September 30, 2009.
Silvicultural burning is usually associated with timber operations or other forest practices on unimproved or forested land. This burn restriction will coincide with county burn restrictions affecting improved property in the five counties. These restrictions may be extended depending on fire weather conditions. These restrictions do not extend to federally managed lands.
Recreational campfires are allowed if built in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county, and state parks and in commercial campgrounds. On private land, campfires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in the following manner:
- In a metal, stone or masonry-lined fire pit, such as those seen in approved campgrounds.
- Not exceeding three feet in diameter.
- Have an area of at least 10 feet around the campfire cleared of all flammable material and have at least 30 feet of clearance from overhead fuels (such as tree limbs).
- Attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with the ability and tools to extinguish the fire, such as a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
Always completely extinguish a campfire by pouring water or moist soil into it and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative to a fire pit. The use of burn barrels is prohibited in Washington.
For more information on local fire restrictions:
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources: South Puget Sound Region Office, 360-825-1631; (For information about Snohomish County only, call the DNR Northwest Region Office, 360-856-3500).
- King County: Fire Marshal’s Office, John Klapsenstein, 206-296-6763
- Kitsap County: Fire Marshal’s Office, David Lynam, 360-377-4442
- Mason County: Fire Marshal’s Office, Craig Hangren, 360-427-9670
- Pierce County: Fire Marshal’s Office, Wayne Wienholz, 253-798-7183
- Snohomish County: Fire Marshal’s Office, Mike McCrary, 425-388-3557
For daily updates on burn restrictions, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit DNR’s website at: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx , then click on ‘fire information’ in the far right corner.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state, and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department. During fire season, this includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
Chuck Frame: Fire Prevention Coordinator, DNR South Puget Sound Region, 360-825-1631
Steve Jennison, Fire Prevention Coordinator, DNR Northwest Region, 360-856-3500
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