County Lifts Ban on Recreational Fires

Mason County has relaxed burn restrictions and is now allowing recreational fires. A news release says the revised burn restrictions are effective as of 8 AM Friday, September 7, 2018 until further notice.

The following is the news release:

The Mason County Community Development Director, as acting Fire Marshal, and in partnership with the Mason County  Fire Chiefs’ Association, has determined that current weather conditions within Mason County have moderated and have reduced  fire dangers. There are currently restrictions on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Mason County.   This burn restriction applies to OUDOOR BURNING, including land clearing and yard debris; with the exception of recreational fires in designed concrete, stone, or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds. The use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbeques will continue to be allowed under the restriction.

*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.

Mason County, in cooperation with the Mason County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Department of Natural Resources, will re-assess fire danger after the expected cooler weather this weekend.

  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 Ban Information Line at (360) 427-7799.

 

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