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Countywide burn ban in effect through September
A countywide fire safety burn ban has been declared, prompted by ground conditions and forecasts calling for continued dry weather.
This Phase 1 burn ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner’s permission. These fires must:
• Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds;
• Grow no larger than three feet across;
• Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches; and
• Be attended at all times by an alert individual with immediate access to a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban.
For more information on local fire restrictions, the public can call 1-800-323-BURN or visit the King County Fire Marshal Services Web site at: www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/BurnBanInfo.aspx.