Fire Marshal Calls for County-wide Burn Ban; In Effect until Sept. 1

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A county-wide burn ban was declared Tuesday (July 17) by the King County Fire Marshal in conjunction with Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties.

This ban was prompted by forecasts calling for continued dry weather, and is scheduled to last until September 1, 2012.

“This Phase 1 burn ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner’s permission,” reads a statement on the county’s website.

These fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds;
  • Grow no larger than three feet across;
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches; and
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual with immediate access to a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

For more information visit the King County Department of Development and Enviromental Services (DDES) Fire Marshal website at:

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