Eastside Fire & Rescue summer burn ban starts June 15
June 3, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. June 3, 2012
Eastside Fire & Rescue is reminding residents about the heightened risk for fires accompanies in the drier days ahead.
The agency is due to impose a summer burn ban June 15 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities. Though a rain-soaked spring may make such a moratorium seem unnecessary, summer brings 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.
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. Importantly, only vegetation can be burned.
Other fires require a burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.
Burning to clear land is permanently banned in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
In addition to the EFR moratorium, the state Department of Natural Resources imposes a summer burn ban in Tiger Mountain State Forest and other forestlands July 1. The burn ban lasts until Sept. 30.