King County fire marshal extends summer burn ban
September 1, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 1, 2012
Continued dry conditions led the King County fire marshal to extend the countywide burn ban until further notice, officials announced Aug. 31.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said August marked the driest August ever at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, with only a trace of rain recorded. (Meteorologists use data collected at the airport for official climate records in the region.)
The dry August beat the old record of 0.01 inch set in 1974.
The fire marshal — and officials in Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties — declared a regional burn ban in July. The ban was due to end Sept. 1.
Other burn bans remain in effect, too.
State 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.
On state forestlands, users can build recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
Eastside Fire & Rescue imposed a summer burn ban June 15 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities. The moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30.