New burn restrictions, which ban the use of charcoal briquette barbecues, will take effect on Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Mason County while the City of Shelton is banning barbecues “with the exception of gas barbecues” effective immediately. These new restrictions are due to current dry conditions, warm temperatures, low humidity and forecasted wind.
A news release on Mason County’s website says: “EFFECTIVE 00:01 AM – Thursday – September 10th, 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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 created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restriction on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Mason County. This burn ban applies to OUTDOOR BURNING, including land clearing and yard debris; and INCLUDES prohibition of recreational fires and charcoal briquette barbeques. The use of gas and propane barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.”
The City of Shelton’s news release says: “The City of Shelton, under the guidance of Shelton’s Fire Marshal, is enacting a new restriction, effective immediately, on all outdoor burning, including barbecues of any type.
“This restriction is based on observing the last 24 hours of high winds and low relative humidity, which resulted in several fires occurring countywide. This forecast is scheduled to continue for the next few days.
“The fuel moisture content on flash fuels (grasses and small shrubs) is currently less than a sheet of notebook paper.
“This restriction is meant as an act of precaution. This is a temporary restriction that would be lifted once the red flag warning clears (currently scheduled for midnight Thursday night).”
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 first restricted outdoor burning (including land clearing and yard debris) on July 16th and restricted recreational fires (campfires) on August 28th.