EFR imposes seasonal burn moratorium

June 16, 2014

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Eastside Fire & Rescue begins the annual burning moratorium on June 15.  Anyone living within the boundaries of EFR needs to be aware of these guidelines:

Cooking and recreational burning, permit required (no-fee permit)

  • Not subject to the seasonal burn ban moratorium.
  • Cooking and recreational fires burning wood shall use only dry, seasoned wood.
  • Propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit.

  • Cooking and recreational fires shall not be larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • Fires (with or without food) shall be contained in a barbecue pit, fire ring or other approved appliances such as manufactured portable fireplace units now available at retailers around the region.
  • Any fire-using wood is subject to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban.

Land clear burning
Land clear burning has been permanently banned within King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Residential burning, permit required (no-fee permit)

  • Subject to EFR burn ban moratorium June 15 to Sept. 30.
  • DNR or Forest Service property. (EFR does not issue permits in these areas.)
  • Subject to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban.

Facts about the seasonal burning moratorium

  • Outdoor cooking or recreational burning (campfires) require a no-fee burn permit that can be obtained online at www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.
  • Puget Sound Clean Air Agency may impose a countywide burn ban for air-quality conditions.
  • King County fire marshal’s office may impose a burn ban due to extreme fire danger.
  • Brush fires significantly increase during the summer months and can grow quickly.
  • You can help protect your home against wildfires by building a defensible space around your home. Learn more at www.firewise.org or www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.

Burn permits can be downloaded online at www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.
Get more burn ban information from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency by calling 800-595-4341 toll free.
For questions about EFR’s annual moratorium, call 313-3200.

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