Dry conditions force declaration of countywide burn ban

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Due to dry weather, both now and in forecasts, Pierce County’s Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared a countywide burn ban effective Thursday, July 12 at 8 a.m., until further notice.

The ban applies only to residents in unincorporated Pierce County. Residents of incorporated towns and cities should contact their local jurisdiction for requirements.

The burn ban applies to all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning in unincorporated areas. The ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues are allowed under the ban.

Recreational fires must:

• Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds 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 by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire, such as hand tools and a charged garden hose or not less than two 5-gallon buckets of water

• No burning when winds exceed 5 miles per hour

 

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