Outdoor burning ban lifted, still need permits

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With recent rains and wet, cooler weather forecasted, Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway is lifting the summer ban for outdoor burning, beginning Saturday.

“Residents still must follow all local outdoor burning regulations and burning permit requirements,” said a bulletin issued Thursday. It continues: “Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those found in local, county and state parks and commercial campgrounds.

“On private land, recreational fires must be built according to the following regulations:

• Fires must be built in a metal, stone or masonry-lined pit such as those seen in approved campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores. Fires must not exceed 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height.

• Fires must be at least 25 feet from a structure or other combustible material, and have at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels such as tree limbs, patio covers or carports.

• Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old and with the ability to extinguish the fire using a shovel, five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

• Completely extinguish recreational fires by pouring water or moist soil on them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of burn barrels is illegal.”

Additional outdoor burning rules and information are available at http://www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html.