Burn Ban Starts Sunday

A burn ban on all outdoor burning will begin at 8 AM Sunday, July 15th and will be in effect until September 30th if weather permits. The Mason County Fire Marshal’s Office, a cooperative effort between the Mason County Department of Community Development and the Mason County Fire Chiefs Association, is enacting the burn ban which means all residential burning and land-clearing fires will be prohibited until further notice. Recreational fires or camp fires are still allowed. A news release explains that camp fires shall be in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds. Recreational fires are not to be used for debris disposal. Maximum fire size is three feet in diameter. Keep camp fires at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches. A person and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire shall be in constant attendance at the site while burning. This burn ban is a proactive approach to prevent predictable wildland fires. Each year hundreds of acres are lost due to unattended fires. With the recent rainfall amounts, this will prove to be a very busy fire season. Burn bans will also go into effect in Thurston, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties on Sunday. For more information contact ORCAA (Olympic Region Clean Air Agency) at 800-422-5623 or go to the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) website: waburnbans.net.