In concert with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Snohomish County, King County has called a Phase 1 burn ban that went into effect July 15 and will run through Sept. 30, 2010. This burn ban applies throughout King County in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas.
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 only if they are 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; 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.
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, log onto the DDES Web site at: www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/BurnBanInfo.aspx.