Residential fires now banned in Enumclaw, Black Diamond areas

Check in with your local fire departments about what you can, and can’t, burn.

July is here — which means you should check in with your local fire department about what you can and can’t burn during the warmer months.

Both Mountain View Fire and Rescue — which covers the city of Black Diamond and unincorporated King County — and the Enumclaw Fire Department announced on July 1 a ban on residential fires.

This means you can only “recreational fires” are allowed — fires within a contained pit with an earthy bottom; doesn’t exceed a fuel size of 3x3x2 feet; can only burn cord wood, presto logs, or charcoal; and meet various other requirements.

Barbecues are currently not affected by this burn ban.

If you need to have a residential fire, you can apply for a burn permit, which can be bought on the EFD or MVFR websites.

As it stands, bans on residential fires may last until Labor Day. But of conditions change — like conditions become drier, or air quality decreases, bans on fires may be extended or encompass other types of fires. To check if other burn bans are in place, head to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency website.