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County Fire Marshal issues burn ban

Dry conditions and high heats are in the forecast this week

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 11:16am
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A phase one burn ban is in place today in unincorporated areas of King County— as temperatures heat up. The ban remains in effect until lifted by the county fire marshal.

The burn ban, Monday, July 27, applies to all outdoor burning, except for small recreational fire pits at approved campsites or private property. But even those uses should be limited as it still poses a risk.

According to a press release from King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts, recreational fires must:

  • Be in a metal or concrete fire pit and not be used as debris disposal.
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter.
  • Be located in a clear spot, free from 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, with equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.

In addition to the fire ban, the Seattle National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” for Western Washington, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today due to potential high wildfire conditions. During that time all recreational fires shall cease. The county burn ban will stay in effect.

While today is looking hot for King County, with highs in the 90s, the rest of the weekday is looking like highs will stay in the mid-80s, per the National Weather Service. Public Health – Seattle King County has created a list of tips for beating the heat while still protecting others and yourself during the pandemic.

Properties located within cities need to check local jurisdictions for requirements. For more information, visit the fire marshal’s website here.


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