Burn bans declared in counties
August 9, 2011 · 3:17 PM
Countywide burn bans have been declared by fire marshals both King and Pierce counties, prompted by ground conditions and forecasts calling for continued dry weather.
This ban was effective Monday and applies to all outdoor burning, except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. These fires must:
• Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, like 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, including a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches; and
• Be attended at all times by someone 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 barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban.
For more information on local fire restrictions, the public can call 1-800-323-BURN.