Burn ban still in effect for Snohomish County

Residents urged to reconsider recreational fires
Aug 17, 2012

Due to continued high fire dangers and prolonged hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal is reminding residents that outdoor burning except for recreational fires has been banned.

Residents also are asked to take extra precautions with recreational fires through the weekend.

“While we are not banning recreational fires, we are asking residents to reconsider how necessary they might be in light of current weather conditions,” said Mike McCrary, the county’s Fire Marshal.

Recreational fires are less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only. Recreational fires must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all combustible material within a 10 foot radius. They must be monitored at all times and must have a water source readily available (at a minimum, a charged water hose or a five‐gallon bucket of water).

The current burn ban began Aug. 6 and will remain in effect until further notice. Residents within the boundaries of an incorporated city or town should check with local fire departments for current burning ban information.

All outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for agricultural burning, are suspended until this ban is lifted. This ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall and the fire risk returns to low.

Contact the Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425‐388‐3508 for updated information.

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