Mason County Community Services and the Mason County Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Mason County Fire Chiefs’ Association, have determined that current weather conditions within Mason County have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restrictions on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Mason County effective 8 AM Saturday, July 7, 2018.
These burn restrictions apply to Land Clearing Fires and Residential Debris Fires. Recreational Fires, in designed concrete, stone, or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds are still permitted as well as the use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbeques.
Lands protected by Department of Natural Resources ( DNR) may have different restrictions. To find out more information or determine if you are in a Department of Natural Resources area visit www.dnr.wa.gov or call the DNR South Puget Sound Region at 360-825-1631.
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 with a shovel and a 5- gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.
- Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self- contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
- No burning when winds exceed 5 MPH
For further information, please contact the Mason County Burn Restriction Information Line at( 360) 427-7799.