Now that Seattle’s summer has finally made its appearance – and looks to stay dry for awhile – King County has instituted a Phase 1 burn ban that will last until September 30.
King County is doing this in concert with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Pierce, Kitsap, Mason and Snohomish Counties. This burn ban applies throughout King County in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas, but does not apply to federal forests or national parks, although these jurisdictions may have similar restrictions in effect, so be sure to check if you’re in those areas and planning on an evening fire.
The ban forbids forest and yard debris burning but still allows recreational campfires in approved fire pits. However, campfires and fire pits are allowed only if they are located on private land with the landowner’s permission OR at public parks (such as Golden Gardens) that fit 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; 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.
“With local temperatures rising, we have called this burn ban to protect public health and safety during the summer months,” said King County Fire Marshal Jim Chan.
For more information on local fire restrictions, call the King County Fire Marshal Division at 206-296-6763 or 1-800-323-BURN. To monitor the status of this burn ban, log onto the DDES Web site.