Thurston County Fire Protection District 8
Serving the Northeast Thurston Community since 1953
Residential and Land Clearing Burn Bans Implemented
Because of wildfire and public safety concerns in our wooded counties, annual summer-long burn bans take effect this month. Prohibitions on residential outdoor burning in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason and Pacific Counties began earlier this month while the annual Thurston County Fire-Safety Burn Ban begins Sunday, July 15, 2018. These seasonal bans continue through September 22. The fire curtailments an enacted annually as summer’s dry, hot weather creates greater regional fire dangers.
The Fire Safety Burn Bans apply to residential yard-waste burning as well as all Land Clearing Burns. At this time, recreational fires are allowed in all counties on private residential properties and in established fire rings within official county, state or federal campgrounds. The restrictions on outdoor burning during the summer has resulted in a significant drop in brush fires and property damage each of the past several years, according to fire officials. To stay up-to-date on the status of burn bans, please register for the ORCAA email news alerts on the ORCAA website (www.orcaa.org) or simply visit this site regularly for news and information on our region’s air quality issues.
Canadian wildfire smoke could return early next week
Western Washington air quality took a hit this week as smoke from Canadian wildfires drifted south, and though the weekend looks like the air should be clear, the smoke will likely return early next week. Weather conditions on Sunday could bring that wildfire smoke back into Western Washington. All six of ORCAA’s counties — Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston – could see higher levels of air pollution by Sunday afternoon or evening. Since the Grays Harbor Air Monitoring station remains off-line due to technical issues, residents there should refer to the Pacific County data. Some of the communities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties could see increasing smoke impacts by Saturday evening, due to their proximity to the Hamma Hamma Wildfire burning just west of Hood Canal. By early in the week, the Canadian smoke could push air quality across Western Washington into the Moderate and even Unhealthy ranges on the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAOA) Chart. The Washington Department of Health offers detailed information on how residents can best deal with smoke impacts on their homes and communities. That information can be found here.
ORCAA will continue to monitor the impacts from this smoke event and will report any changes that further threaten public health. Additional information on wildfires and smoke from wildfires is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.
Board of Fire Commissioners’ Meetings
Regular Board meetings will be held once a month on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at 5:30 pm.
Next regular meeting: September 11, 2018. 2018 meetings.
All regular meetings will be held at the Main South Bay Station unless otherwise noted. Most meetings last between one to three hours. All regular and special Board meetings are open to the public.
Note: Meetings are subject to change. Notice of change will be posted on this site and at the meeting location.
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District Master Planning
We are excited to share that the District is working on Master Planning in order to assure that comprehensive plans for the fulfillment of the District’s mission, vision, values, and goals are developed and kept up to date. For more information, click here.
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