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Dow Constantine


Fire Marshal issues burn ban in unincorporated areas

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

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Due to unseasonably dry conditions, little expected rainfall in the near future, and a low snowpack, the King County Fire Marshal is issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county effective June 22.

Sky lanterns are not allowed under the burn ban.

This is a Phase 1 burn ban and applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner's permission. Recreational fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual with equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.

For properties located within cities, contact your local jurisdiction for requirements. This ban remains in effect until further notice.

For more information, visit the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review Fire Marshal website.

FOR MORE INFORAMTION, CONTACT:
Chris Ricketts, King County Fire Marshal, 206-477-0357

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Dow Constantine
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