Burn Ban In Effect
 
By Administration Jojo Weller
July 1, 2019
 

BURN STATUS:  CLOSED/NOT ALLOWED

A BURN BAN IS IN EFFECT

Even if you have a permit, do not burn beyond the conditions described here until reopened/allowed. For WEEKEND information please visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/permitting-environmental-review/fire-marshal/burnbaninfo.aspx and pscleanair.org/168/current-status

The King County Fire Marshal and King County Fire Chiefs Association recommend extreme caution and restraint with all open fires with continued record heat and dry conditions throughout the county. Although recreational fires are not currently banned, fire authorities emphasize the danger of open fires and ask the public to carefully consider the risk to life, safety and property during these extreme conditions. Applies to ALL outdoor burning except recreational fires which must:

1. be built in a metal or concrete fire pit
2. not grow larger than 3-feet in diameter
3. be set in a clear spot free from vegetation for at least 10-feet in width
4. be at least 25-feet from any structure
5. allow 20-foot high clearance from overhanging branches
6. be watched at all times by an alert person with equipment capable of putting the fire out
7. gas and propane stoves and barbeques are allowed under the ban

This ban is in effect until further notice.

When burning is CLOSED, burn permits are not issued. 

There are two regional authorities which determine our burn ban status:

King County Fire Marshall
    http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/firemarshal/burnbaninfo.aspx 
... to see if they have issued a burn ban for fire safety.    

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
    http://www.pscleanair.org/priorities/woodheating/Pages/burnbans.aspx
...or call 1-800-595-4341 to see if they have issued a burn ban due to air quality.

There is a new website that collects burn ban information from different agencies across the state into one location.  The two agencies above, as well as other regional authorities and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, all feed their information to this site:
    https://waburnbans.net/

An Air Quality burn ban declared by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is classified at one of two levels:

 * Stage 1 Burn Ban:

No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves.  Residents should rely instead on their home's other, cleaner source of heat for a few days until air quality improves and the ban is cancelled.  The only exception is if it is the home's only adequate source of heat.
No outdoor burning.  This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimneys.

It is okay to burn natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.  No charcoal burning. 

 * Stage 2 Burn Ban

No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stove. Residents should rely instead on their home's other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled. The only exception is if it is the home's only adequate source of heat.
No outdoor fires are allowed.  This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimneys.

It is okay to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 Burn Ban.