Did you know the Washington State Department of Natural Resources cited that 88% of all fires statewide in 2022 were caused by humans? This is why burn bans are so important for the prevention of wildfires.
A burn ban for unincorporated Pierce County is effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, until further notice. This is due to current and predicted dry weather conditions.
The Pierce County Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared the burn ban.
This ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues are allowed under the ban. Recreational fires must:
- Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not used as debris disposal.
- Grow no larger than three feet in diameter.
- Be in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches.
- Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire like hand tools and a garden hose attached to a water faucet that is on, or not less than two, five-gallon buckets of water.
- No burning when winds exceed 5 MPH.
This ban only applies to residents in unincorporated Pierce County. For residents of incorporated Pierce County cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.
Our communities have become increasingly susceptible to wildfires because of increasing temperatures, decreasing summer rain, and earlier snowmelt. This is clearly evidenced with late season wildland fires like October’s South Prairie Fire near Wilkeson and 8 Road Fire near Elbe, along with the Sumner Grade Fire in September 2020. Flames from the Sumner Grade Fire traveled along State Route 410 between Sumner and Bonney Lake, ultimately destroying seven homes, 16 other structures, and 759 acres, and resulting in the evacuation of thousands in the vicinity.
I encourage you to abide by the burn ban and help protect your home, your neighbors, and our beautiful East Pierce County environment.
If you have an approved Department of Natural Resources (DNR) burn permit and/or your property falls under the jurisdiction of the DNR, please call 1-800-323-BURN for more information.