Vashon Island Fire and Rescue
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BURN STATUS:  

A BURN BAN IS IN EFFECT

Even if you have a permit, do not burn beyond the conditions described here until reopened

The King County Fire Marshall has invoked a fire safety burn ban. During the current burn ban, the only outdoor fires allowed are small (maximum 3' x 3') recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner's permission, which must:

  • be built in a metal or concrete fire pit such as those typically found in designated campgrounds, and may not be used for debris disposal;
  • be located in a clear spot free of 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 and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.

Even if you have a permit, no other outdoor burning is allowed.

 


 

When burning is CLOSED, burn permits are not issued. 

 

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

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

Click on Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at 
    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/

 

  It is unlawful for any person to cause or allow outdoor burning that causes an emission of smoke or any other air contaminant that is detrimental to the health, safety or welfare  or any person that causes damage to property or business, or that cause a nuisance per RCW70.94.040, 70.94.650(1) and 70.94.780.

Any person affected by outdoor burning may call VIFR non-emergency dispatch to complain at (253) 852-2121.   

 


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.
  • Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

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.
  • Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

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

 

 

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES

You should have a smoke alarm at each recommended location in your home, test each smoke alarm regularly, and replace batteries every year.


IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT SMOKE ALARMS

1. Residential smoke alarm models should be tested by a Nationally Recognized 3rd Party Testing Laboratory, such as UL or Intertek/ETL, according to industry-accepted standards.  Such alarms will have a testing lab mark showing on the front and/or back of the packaging, as well as on the back of the alarm itself and on the user's guide.  Look for the following testing laboratory marks:

             ETL Listing MarkSeveral brands of smoke detectors available from online retailers (including Amazon) were found to lack approval marks from National Testing Laboratories.  If a smoke alarm does not carry the mark of a National Testing Laboratory, it may not comply with applicable building codes and local laws.

 

2. A new type of smoke detector with a 10-year "sealed battery" is becoming available. This should not be confused with 9V batteries which are marked for "10 Year Backup" or similar wording as shown here:

These batteries are intended for backup use, in "wired-in" smoke alarms that are powered by house power ("AC-powered smoke detectors" as designated on the battery packaging shown above), but they are not intended for long-term use in battery-powered smoke detectors.  Battery-powered smoke detectors should have their batteries replaced annually.

 

More detailed information on these smoke detector topics can be found in this publication: Click for PDF  

 

 

 

FIRE EXTINGUISHER INFORMATION

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue does not test or refill fire extinguishers.  Click this link for a list of vendors in the area:   Fire Extinguisher Service Vendors

 

Address Signs

  3” White Reflective letters on reflective blue background

· Visible up to 300 feet away DAY OR NIGHT!

· Address numbers printed on both sides of sign

· Your choice of horizontal or vertical

 The blue address signs can be found all around the island.  They help our responding personnel more quickly locate your address in the event of an emergency.  VIFR makes these signs for a small donation of $25.00 and $5.00 for the post.  Click HERE for an order form.

Once you have filled out the form, please return it to the business office at 10020 SW Bank Road.  If you have any questions, please call 206-463-2405. 

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