Doug Richardson
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Greetings friends and neighbors,

After an exciting finish to a certain golf tournament and the approach of Independence day, there is lots to celebrate in Pierce County. I’ll be sending out a separate newsletter with some highlights from the US Open as well as Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s schedule for reopening Chambers Creek Regional Park in phases throughout the summer.

The Chambers Bay Golf Course  and the Grandview Trail, which crosses the bluff above the property, and the East Slope Trail are expected to reopen this Friday, June 26.

In this the addition of the Mighty 6th e-newsletter I wanted to let you know about the various firework rules and events for our district. As always, it’s an honor to represent you. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!


Burn ban

Be advised: Burn ban in effect

A county wide outdoor burn ban became effective 8:00 AM on Monday, June 22, 2015.

This ban is due to current dry weather and extended forecasts calling for a continuation of dry weather. This week DNR issued a burn ban in Eastern Washington and raised the danger level in Western Washington to Moderate. In consultation with other counties in Western Washington, it is expected that several other counties will also be issuing outdoor burn bans in the next few days.

This ban only applies to residents in unincorporated Pierce County. For residents of incorporated Pierce County cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Scott Heinze, DEM Deputy Director, at 253-4053585. Read more…

Farmers Market

Farmer's markets in the district

The City of Lakewood is happy to announce the fourth year of the Lakewood Farmers Market! The purpose of the Market is to create a sense of community and celebrate our unique community assets while providing healthy options to our citizens. The Farmers Market started on Tuesday June 2nd and runs through Tuesday, September 15th. It will be located at City Hall and will feature fresh food, arts, crafts and entertainment. More here...

The Steilacoom Farmers Market is just about prepared for its coming season. They are starting late due to the U.S. Open Golf Tournament being held at Chambers Bay Golf Course. Find them at the multi-purpose tennis courts next To Steilacoom Town Hall on the corner of Lafayette & Wilkes Streets. More info at


Celebrating independence in the 6th District

It’s that time of year when we receive inquiries about fireworks in Pierce County. Fireworks can be a sensitive issue, as many of us live in closer proximity to each other and our pets are not accustomed to the sounds of fireworks.
There are polices in place to help address both sides of the issue. These guidelines for individuals and organizations limit the sale and discharge of fireworks to a specific “window of opportunity” for festivities. Please be cognizant and respectful of your neighbor’s property and privacy by adhering to the law, and please be safe! This has been a particularly dry summer so please keep that in mind is you are lighting any legal fireworks. 
The sheriff’s department is responsible for enforcement. The non-emergency dispatch number is (253) 798-4721. Next to New Years, The 4th is one of the busiest days/nights of the year for law enforcement and they will be doing their very best to respond to calls, however priority will be giving to injury and property damage.

  • City of Lakewood: To help residents determine what and what not to do, the city is providing this Q&A regarding fireworks for the City of Lakewood.
  • City of DuPont: Please see the city's firework handout for more information on what is permitted and what is not.  The City will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast and the parade starts at 10 a.m., see the event page for more details.
  • Town of Steilacoom: Chapter 15.20.075  of the town code covers fireworks regulations. The Town will be hosting the annual Grand Old Fourth of July event including the street fair, parade, and the big show at 10:30 p.m.
  • Anderson Island:  Come support the Anderson Island Historical Society at the annual Johnson Farm salmon bake from Noon to 3 p.m. I’ll be out there serving some of the delicious food and I would love to meet you! You can find the ferry schedule here.
  • Unincorporated Pierce County: The following information is an excerpt from the relevant regulations applicable to the sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county:
    • 17C.60.230 Fireworks.
      D. Dates When Sales and Purchases Permitted. No permit holder shall sell at retail or
      offer for sale nor shall any person purchase any fireworks authorized to be sold in this
      Chapter within the unincorporated area of the County, except from 12:00 noon to 11:00
      p.m. on June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. from June 29 through July 4, and from
      9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on July 5 of any year. Sale and purchase of fireworks on
      December 27 through December 31 authorized by RCW Chapter 70.77 is specifically
      prohibited in unincorporated Pierce County.
      E. Dates When Discharge Permitted. No person shall use or explode any fireworks
      within the unincorporated area of the County except from between 12:00 noon and
      11:00 p.m. on June 28 and between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on June 29 through July 3,
      between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4, and between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
      on July 5 of any year; provided, that this prohibition shall not apply to duly authorized
      public displays where the same are authorized pursuant to the laws of the State; and
      provided further, that this prohibition shall not apply to persons or organizations
      specified in Item G., below. Discharge of fireworks on December 31 and January 1
      authorized by RCW 70.77 is specifically prohibited in unincorporated Pierce County.
      F. Hours of Discharge. No person shall use or explode any fireworks within the
      unincorporated area of the County between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.,
      except that the period of discharge on July 4 is extended to 12:00 midnight. Any person
      found in violation of this Section shall be subject to the penalties prescribed in RCW
      70.77; provided, however, this Section shall not apply to authorized public displays as
      are specified in Item G., below.
      G. Exemptions from Discharge Time Regulations. The discharge of fireworks by
      religious organizations for ceremonial use and/or by private organizations or persons for
      specific uses, when approved by the Fire Marshal, shall be permitted at any time or date
      so approved
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