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King County Fire Marshal calls burn ban


King County has called a Phase 1 burn ban to take effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2009.


King County Fire Marshal calls burn ban

In concert with Pierce County, Kitsap County, Mason County, Snohomish County and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, King County has called a Phase 1 burn ban to take effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2009. This burn ban applies to both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of King County.

Forest and yard debris burning is not allowed under a Phase 1 ban. This burn ban does not apply to federal forests or national parks, although these jurisdictions may have similar restrictions in effect.

This Phase 1 burn ban still allows recreational campfires in approved fire pits. However, campfires and fire pits are allowed if located on private land with the landowner's permission and if built according to the specifications below. These fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds
  • Grow no larger than three feet across
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual with immediate access to a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

King County Fire Marshal John Klopfenstein, in announcing the burn ban stated, "The moisture level in our forests is constantly measured to determine the fire hazard level. With the dry heat we are experiencing, this measurement has dropped dramatically in the last week. This ban will be in effect throughout the summer and/or until we receive a substantial level of sustained rain."

For more information on local fire restrictions, the public can call the King County Fire Marshal Division at 206-296-6763 or 1-800-323-BURN. To monitor the status of this burn ban, go to the DDES Web site at