Both the King County and Pierce County Fire Marshals have issued a Stage 1 fire safety burn ban effective July 30.
The King County ban applies to unincorporated areas of King County. Residents of cities should contact their local jurisdiction to find out if there is a burn ban in their area.
Pierce County’s ban is county-wide, impacting only those in unincorporated Pierce County. Pierce County Fire Marshal has declared a county-wide burn ban. This ban is also due to current and predicted dry weather and the forecast of possible drought conditions.
During a Stage 1 burn ban:
– All outdoor burning is prohibited, except for recreational fires in approved devices and locations.
– All burning permits are suspended until further notice and no additional permits will be issued in the unincorporated areas of King County.
– Recreational fires must be in a designated fire pit using only charcoal or dry firewood (no milled lumber).
Though small recreational fires in established fire pits are permitted, The VRFA will not be issuing burn permits until the ban is lifted. For more information visit our website https://www.vrfa.org/fire-marshals-office/outdoor-burning/.
King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts added “that because we are still experiencing a pandemic, residents should follow social distancing guidelines, wear face coverings, and stay six feet apart. They can also consult Public Health – Seattle & King County’s hot weather tips during a pandemic.”