King County enacts burn ban through Sept. 30

In a joint decision by the King County Fire Marshal and the King County Fire Chiefs' Association, a countywide fire safety burn ban went into effect Aug. 8 and will last until Sept. 30.

The decision was prompted by "ground conditions and forecasts calling for continued dry weather," according to a news release.

The Phase 1 ban applies to all "outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner's permission."

In order for these fires to be acceptable under the Phase 1 ban they must:

• be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds• grow no larger than 3 feet across

• be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches

• be attended at all times by an alert individual with immediate access to a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban. To learn more, call (800) 323-BURN or visit

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