Department of Natural Resources imposes burn ban for state forests

October 2, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources has extended a summertime burn ban for Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state lands through Oct. 7.

The burn ban applies to all forestlands in Washington, except for federal lands.

“The conditions for new fires still exist, even as we head into October,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement. “Our firefighting resources are stretched to the limit, and our firefighters are exhausted. We cannot take the risk of new, human-caused fires with the tinder dry conditions out there.”

The state moratorium is in addition to a burn ban imposed by Eastside Fire & Rescue through Oct. 20 and by the King County fire marshal until further notice.

King County joins regional burn ban as fire risk increases

July 24, 2012

King County joined a regional burn ban July 17, 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 all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds 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 spot 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.

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.

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King County permitting system to go offline during software upgrade

June 26, 2012

Landowners should prepare for a weeklong shutdown at the King County permitting agency, as officials roll out a software upgrade from July 2-8.

What to know

Though the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services cannot process permit applications from July 2-8, other services remain available on days other than July 4:

  • Free technical assistance, 7:30-9:30 a.m. weekdays
  • Records Center assistance, 7:30-9:30 a.m. weekdays
  • Phone Center assistance at 206-296-6600, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays
  • Building and fire inspections may be requested by calling and leaving a voice message at 206-296-6630.
  • Online query, Permits-At-A-Glance, can be accessed as read-only throughout the week.

The planned upgrade coincides with the Independence Day holiday, a slow period for the Department of Development and Environmental Services.

The agency’s Renton office is open during the upgrade except for July 4, but during the week, staffers cannot accept, create or issue permit applications. Cashiers also cannot process financial transactions of any kind.

The agency issues building and land-use permits for properties in unincorporated King County, enforces county building and land-use codes, issues business licenses and staffs the King County Fire Marshal Division.

Staffers can continue to work on existing permitting applications during the shutdown. Then, after the software installation, agency employees can enter additional information.

Once the software is installed, customers can access enhanced online services, such as permit applications, building inspections and other services.

The computer system transition is part of a countywide project to integrate all permitting in various county departments into a single system. Officials said the process is meant to streamline the permitting process and provide customers with easy access to multiple departments for the same project.

“The Fourth of July holiday is historically the week of least demand from our customers, so that’s the best time for technicians to perform computer upgrades,” agency Director John Starbard said in a statement. “I urge residents who need permits from us to plan ahead for this necessary shutdown.”

Come fall, the agency plans to relocate from Renton to offices in Snoqualmie Ridge. Officials said the location change is meant to provide a more central office for residents in unincorporated areas.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

King County imposes summer burn ban

August 9, 2011

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.

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County fireworks rules apply for New Year’s Eve merrymaking

December 31, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

The regulations for fireworks vary in the Issaquah area, so residents should determine local rules before deciding to blast into 2011.

In Issaquah, the citywide fireworks ban remains in effect New Year’s Eve. Residents in rural and unincorporated King County can discharge fireworks from 6 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday.

Officials reminded residents to set off only approved and legal fireworks purchased from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal Division-licensed retailers. Remember to obey fireworks regulations and practice fireworks safety.

In King County, fireworks sales for New Year’s Eve celebrations remain legal from noon to 11 p.m. Friday. Patrons must be at least 16 years old and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

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State lifts summer burn ban more than a week early

September 21, 2010

UPDATED — 11 a.m. Sept. 21, 2010

The state Department of Natural Resources has lifted the statewide burn ban on Tiger Mountain and other public lands earlier than expected.

The agency attributed heavy rainfall throughout the state for easing the summer fire danger. In addition, the September outlook from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center calls for cooler-than-normal temperatures and higher-than-normal precipitation.

The conditions allowed the ban to be removed before Sept. 30. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark enacted the ban in July to reduce the number of wildfires caused by recreational fires on state lands.

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State and King County impose summer burn bans

July 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2010

King County and the state Department of Natural Resources enacted burn bans for the entire county and all state forestlands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest.

The bans go into effect Thursday and runs until Sept. 30. The state ban supersedes all other burn bans in effect on forestlands, except federal lands.

The dual directives apply to all outdoor burning, including previously permitted burns. Residents cannot burn forest or yard waste during the ban.

Monitor the status of the ban here.

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Overnight blaze damages Chinese restaurant

July 13, 2010

Cleaning crews scour the air ducts at Cascade Garden after fire damaged the Chinese restaurant overnight July 9.

Flames damaged a Chinese restaurant along Northwest Gilman Boulevard early July 9.

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a small fire at Cascade Garden, 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at about 1:15 a.m.

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Overnight blaze damages Chinese restaurant

July 9, 2010

UPDATED — 4:45 p.m. July 9, 2010

Flames damaged a Chinese restaurant along Northwest Gilman Boulevard early Friday morning.

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a small fire at Cascade Garden, 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at about 1:15 a.m.

Owner Andy Liu was cleaning up the restaurant the afternoon after the fire. He said he had closed the restaurant at about 10 the previous night.

“I made sure everything was cleaned before I left last night. I didn’t smell anything,” he said. “I got a call at 1:45 in the morning. I showed up and saw the fire trucks.”

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