King County imposes summer burn ban

August 9, 2011

By Staff

Dry conditions and forecasts calling for continued dry weather prompted the King County fire marshal to impose a fire-safety burn ban in unincorporated areas.

The ban started Aug. 8 and runs until Sept. 30.

The latest burn ban is in addition to a state burn ban on forestlands, such as Tiger Mountain State Forest, and a summer burning moratorium in the Eastside Fire & Rescue service area, including Issaquah. (EFR also covers Sammamish, and unincorporated areas such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston.)

The state and EFR bans remain in effect until Sept. 30 as well.

The county burn ban applies to all outdoor burning, except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or owner-approved fires on private property.

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues is allowed under the ban.

Under the county ban, fires must be:

  • Built in a metal or concrete fire pit, grow no larger than 3 feet across.
  • 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.
  • Attended at all times by someone with immediate access to a shovel, and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

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

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