The Fire Marshals for Clallam and Mason Counties have announced new Burn Restrictions for their counties.
The new BURN BANS now include ALL FORMS of outdoor burning, including recreational fires – i.e. “campfires”.
The Clallam County Fire Marshal wrote:
Due to atmospheric conditions of reduced moisture levels, low humidity, and warmer weather, combined with the reduced availability of fire-fighting resources the Clallam County Burn Ban is being modified to include all campgrounds within unincorporated Clallam County (County-controlled campgrounds are included in the burn ban). This modification prohibits all outdoor burning. Outdoor burning includes, campfires, bonfires, briquette BBQs, residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement, and agricultural burning activity. Propane/gas appliances are permitted provided the use is over a non-flammable surface and at least 5 feet from flammable vegetation.
The Clallam County Fire Marshal’s office works closely with local fire districts and fire departments, and strongly urges all county residents and property owners to be attentive to the condition of their properties through proactive fire prevention measures.
Maintaining a 30-foot defensible space around structures will help aid firefighters by creating a zone of protection around your personal property.
You can find more information concerning Defensible Space on the Clallam County website http://www.clallam.net/Permits/burningrestrictions.html
The Mason County Fire Marshal’s news release states:
Due to the Red Flag Fire conditions that will be impacting the County over the next few days, the National Fire Danger Rating System has been elevated to Very High Fire Danger. Because of this condition, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) banned all Recreational Fires upon the lands they are responsible for and the Mason County Fire Marshal will be doing the same for all non-DNR lands in the County.
This ban remains in effect until further notice. Your cooperation in adhering to this ban is greatly appreciated. For questions,
please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 427-9670 ext. 309.