In order to reduce the risk of wildfire in Grays Harbor, the Department of Natural Resources is offering a free burn barrel exchange. You bring in a burn barrel, and you get a compost bin in exchange.
Although burn barrels have been illegal in Washington for several decades, people continue to use them. Over the years, numerous homes have been destroyed and forestland burned due to careless burning.
DNR said that outdoor burning is the leading cause of human started wildfires in Washington, as embers can be sent flying up to a mile away from the fire.
May 6th-10th, between 9am-5pm, you can drop off your barrel at the Aberdeen Transfer Station and receive your compost bin while supplies last.
May 5th-11th is Wildfire Awareness Week.