Kittitas County, WA -07/10/2013 - Currently, there exists an extreme fire hazard due to high temperatures, low relative humidity and low fuel moisture content. The Fire Marshal has imposed a prohibition against open burning and recreational fires in the following areas: Fire District 1, Fire District 3, Fire District 6, Fire District 7, Fire District 8, private land and campgrounds outside of fire districts and the properties under the authority of the Department of Natural Resources which are outside of an approved campground.
Open burning is prohibited in Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue and Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, however, recreational fires no larger than 2’x2’ in diameter may be allowed with Fire Chief approval. Agricultural burning approved and permitted through the Department of Ecology is allowed.
Open Burning. The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber, and is not defined within the parameters of a recreational fire.
Recreational Fire. Outdoor burning of materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, chiminea, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height, used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
The Department of Natural Resources has issued similar actions on properties under their authority. All fire districts within Kittitas County have been notified of this action. The burn ban does not include areas within the boundaries Fire District 4 (Vantage) or within incorporated cities.
This burn ban does not preclude the rights of the individual fire districts to implement a burn ban at any time.
This burn ban is in effect as of 12:00 pm on, Thursday July 11, 2013.