Summer burning moratorium goes into effect Wednesday

June 14, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 5 p.m. June 14, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to 14 brushfires in May and June — and a heightened risk for fires accompanies balmier and drier days ahead.

The agency’s burn moratorium goes into effect Wednesday for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities. Though a rain-soaked spring may make such a moratorium seem unnecessary, summer means a heightened risk for fires. The moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30.

For summertime cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit. Other fires require a free burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.

Fires cannot be larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Use only dry, seasoned wood to fuel recreational fires.

The flames must be contained inside a barbecue pit, fire ring or a portable fireplace. Fires cannot be burned within 50 feet of fences, trees, structures or combustible materials. Importantly, only vegetation can be burned.

Burning to clear land is permanently banned in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Firewise and EFR offer information for homeowners to create a defensible spaces around residences.

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