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Posted on: June 27, 2018

BURNING MORATORIUM FOR EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE JUNE 15 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30

This year the State is predicting a “dangerous wildfire season for both sides of Washington.”  With 75% of wildfires caused by humans, we need to take steps to reduce the risks.  The seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger.  

Anyone living within the boundaries of EF&R needs to be aware of these guidelines:

Cooking/Recreational Burning - “Permit Required” (No fee permit)

• Not subject to the seasonal burn ban moratorium.
• A recreational fire is the same as a cooking fire, but without the food.
• Cooking and recreational fires shall use only dry seasoned wood.
• Propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit.
• Cooking and recreational fires shall not be larger than 3’ in diameter and 2’ in height.
• Fires (with or without food) shall be contained in a barbecue pit, fire ring or other approved appliances such as manufactured portable fireplace units, now available at retailers around the region.
• Any fire using wood is subject to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban.

Land Clear Burning: Land clear burning has been permanently banned within King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Yard Waste/Residential Burning - “Permit Required” (No fee permit)

• Subject to EF&R burn ban moratorium, June 15 through September 30, each year.
• Subject to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban.
• DNR or Forest Service property (EF&R does not issue permits in these areas). 

Facts about the seasonal burning moratorium:

• Outdoor cooking or recreational burning (campfires) require a no-fee burn permit, which can be obtained on the EF&R website.
• Puget Sound Clean Air Agency may impose a region-wide burn ban for air-quality conditions.
• King County Fire Marshal’s Office may impose a burn ban due to extreme fire danger.
• Brush fires significantly increase during the summer months and can grow quickly.
• You can help protect your home against wildfires by building a defensible space around your home:  www.firewise.org or www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.

For burn ban information, contact Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at (800) 595-4341 or www.pscleanair.org.  

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