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Fire marshal calls for burn ban


King County has called a Phase 1 burn ban Effective 8 AM Monday - August 8, 2011 through Friday - September 30, 2011. This burn ban applies throughout King County in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas.


A county-wide fire safety burn ban is declared by the King County Fire Marshal in coordination with the King County Fire Chiefs' Association. This ban is prompted by ground conditions and forecasts calling for continued dry weather.

This Phase 1 burn ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner's permission. 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; and
  • 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.

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

For more information on local fire restrictions, the public can call 1-800-323-BURN or visit the King County Fire Marshal Services website at: