Campfire Burn Ban ends locally

The campfire burn bans have ended in Grays Harbor.

As of midnight this morning, Grays Harbor County Fire Districts and Fire Departments have ended their burn bans.

“With the recent rains and wet weather along the coast the current burn restriction on camp fires is being lifted“  – Mark Sigler | Grays Harbor County Building Inspector

The Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency have also repealed their ban on all campfires within Western Washington.

Campfires will be allowed within approved fire pits. The campfire ban remains in effect for Eastern Washington. The statewide ban on other residential and outdoor burning, such as debris burning, also continues.

Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county, and state parks and in commercial campgrounds. On private land, campfires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in the following approved manner:

  • The campfire shall be no greater than 3-feet in diameter and constructed of a ring of metal, stone or brick 8-inches above ground surface, with a 2-foot- wide area cleared down to exposed soil surrounding the outside of the pit.
  • The campfire shall have an area at least 10-feet around it cleared of all flammable material and at least 20-feet of clearance from overhead flammable materials or fuels.
  • The campfire must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16-years old with the ability to extinguish the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.

Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.

Local fire districts may have their own continued campfire bans.



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