Phase 1 Burn Ban
Posted on July 28, 2022 in Hot Topics, Office of the Fire Marshal, Public Safety
King County Marshal’s Issue PHASE 1 (Restrictions) Burn Ban
Effective Friday July 29 at 8:00 AM, the King County Fire Chief’s Association, King County Fire Marshals Association, and the King County Fire Marshal are implementing a PHASE 1 (burn restriction) Ban.
In response to the increased Fuel Energy Release Rates (ERC), decreased 100-hour fuel moisture content (F100), and anticipated warmer weather conditions, the King County Fire Chiefs and the King County Fire Marshals collectively are implementing a PHASE 1 Burn Ban (burn restrictions). Recreational Fires, Gas/propane appliances, including grills, pellet smokers and charcoal grills are still permitted.
Approved Recreational Burn Requirements:
- Firewood shall be seasoned and dry.
- 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 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.
- Recreational fires shall be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.
- Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
- No burning when winds exceed 15 MPH.