Thurston County Fire Protection District 8
Serving the Northeast Thurston Community since 1953
County-wide Outdoor Burn Ban
The Thurston County Outdoor Burn Ban on residential materials has been expanded county-wide to now prohibit some recreational fires, effective as of 10 a.m., Wednesday August 2 and ending Monday, September 4, 2017.
This burn ban applies to outdoor recreational burning with the exception of recreational fires in approved 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 ban.
The Thurston County Fire Marshal in consultation with the County Manager, the Board of County Commissioners and the Executive Committee of the Thurston County Fire Chiefs’ Association, determined that current weather conditions within the county have created substantial fire danger and there is a need to enact restrictions on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Thurston County.
Seasonal Fire Safety Burn Bans go into effect
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 Thurston County begins Friday, July 14, 2017. These seasonal bans continue through September 30. 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. The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has yet to announce the start of the seasonal burn ban on DNR-protected lands, but that restriction is typically implemented by mid-July statewide.
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.
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands around the state.
Effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017, all debris burning will be prohibited on DNR-protected lands in the following counties: Clark, Cowlitz, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Thurston and Skamania. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
Fireworks, incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition, are always illegal on all DNR-protected lands.
What is allowed?
Recreational fires may be allowed in approved pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds; however, always check with the campground host before starting a campfire. Individual campgrounds may ban campfires. DNR also may allow DNR-approved prescribed fire to enhance or restore fire dependent ecosystems.
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 12, 2017.
Special meeting: The Board will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, August 31st, 2017, beginning at 9:30 am. The purpose of the meeting will be to 1) meet with legal counsel to discuss labor negotiation issues and 2) hold an employee performance. The meeting will be held in Executive Session.
All meetings will be held at 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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