>King County Fire Marshal lifts burn ban on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at 8 a.m.
In concert with Pierce County, Kitsap County, Mason County and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, King County lifts the burn ban Thursday, September 10, 2009, at 8 a.m. The burn ban is lifted in areas outside the jurisdiction of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (external link). The Clean Air Agency is the air quality authority for the greater Puget Sound area and restricts burning in the more urban, densely populated areas.
Burning in King County, outside of the Clean Air Agency boundaries, requires a permit from your local fire district and the following regulations apply:
- Only natural vegetation shall be burned. The fire shall not contain any rubber products, asphalt products, petroleum products, plastics, garbage, dead animals or other waste materials.
- Persons and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire shall be on the burn site and in attendance at all times.
- A distance of 50 feet must be maintained between the burn pile and any structure or combustible material.
To find out if you are outside of the jurisdiction of the Clean Air Agency, please call 1-800-552-3565. Your local fire district will also have a map showing boundaries.
King County Fire Marshal John Klopfenstein, in lifting the burn ban stated, "King County residents have done a great job following the burn ban, and in spite of having one of the driest summers in recent years, the number of serious fires has been very low. Now that we've had significant rain, the risk of fire danger has come down considerably."
For more information on local fire restrictions, the public can call the King County Fire Marshal Division at 206-296-6675, your local fire district, or 1-800-323-BURN.
Related internal links
- Unincorporated King County: General burn ban/burn permit info
- Alternatives to burning wood waste
- Fire safety tips for rural homeowners (PDF, 421KB)
- Free fire hazard reduction permits