King County joins regional burn ban as fire risk increases
July 17, 2012
NEW — 9:30 a.m. July 17, 2012
King County joined a regional burn ban Tuesday, after the county fire marshal joined a similar moratorium in Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties.
The ban came as forecasts call for continued dry conditions and the summer fire risk increases. The ban is in place until Sept. 1.
The moratorium applies to to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or on private property with the owner’s permission.
Under the ban, fires must be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, and not be used as debris disposal. Fires must not grow larger than 3 feet in diameter.
Fires must be located in a clear sport free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet from any structure. Fires should have a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches.
Fires must be attended at all times, and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire should be nearby as the fire burns.
The regional moratorium joins state Department of Natural Resources and Eastside Fire & Rescue bans.
Department of Natural Resources officials set a summer burn ban for Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state lands from July 1 to Sept. 30.
EFR imposed a summer burn ban June 15 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities. The moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30.