State lifts summer burn ban more than a week early

September 21, 2010

By Staff

UPDATED — 11 a.m. Sept. 21, 2010

The state Department of Natural Resources has lifted the statewide burn ban on Tiger Mountain and other public lands earlier than expected.

The agency attributed heavy rainfall throughout the state for easing the summer fire danger. In addition, the September outlook from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center calls for cooler-than-normal temperatures and higher-than-normal precipitation.

The conditions allowed the ban to be removed before Sept. 30. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark enacted the ban in July to reduce the number of wildfires caused by recreational fires on state lands.

The agency reminded people to continue to use caution with all potential fire sources, including tools, vehicles and camp stoves. Forest landowners can now conduct burning subject to the conditions outlined in their written burning permit, or under state rules for burning without a permit.

The use of burn barrels in Washington is illegal.

In concert with Pierce, Kitsap and Mason counties, and the Department of Natural Resources, the King County Fire Marshal’s Office lifted a burn ban in areas outside the jurisdiction of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The agency restricts burning in densely populated areas.

Burning in King County, outside of Puget Sound Clean Air Agency boundaries, requires a permit from a local fire district. The following regulations apply:

  • Only natural vegetation can be burned.  The fire shall not contain any rubber products, asphalt products, petroleum products, plastics, garbage, dead animals or other waste materials.
  • People and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire shall be on the burn site and in attendance at all times.
  • 50 feet of distance must be maintained between the burn pile and any structure or combustible material.

Call 1-800-552-3565 to learn more about Puget Sound Clean Air Agency boundaries.

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