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Phase 1 Burn Ban

Phase 1 Burn Ban

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:

  1. Firewood shall be seasoned and dry.
  2. Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal.
  3. Grow no larger than three feet in diameter.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. No burning when winds exceed 15 MPH.