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Posted on: June 14, 2018

Eastside FIre and Rescue Announces Burning Moratorium for June 15 Through September 30

The communities within Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) are beautiful because of their locations in the wooded areas and valleys in the Cascade foothills. These communities and neighborhoods create, what we refer to as, the wildland urban interface.

This year the State is predicting a “dangerous wildfire season for both sides of Washington.” With 75% of wildlfires caused by humans, we need to take steps to reduce the risks. The seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger.

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

Cooking/Recreational Burning - “Permit Required” (No fee permit)

• Not subject to the seasonal burn ban moratorium.
• A recreational fire is the same as a cooking fire, but without the food.
• Cooking and recreational fires 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’ in diameter and 2’ 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.

Yard Waste/Residential Burning - “Permit Required” (No fee permit)

• Subject to EF&R burn ban moratorium, June 15 through September 30, each year.
• Subject to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban.
• DNR or Forest Service property (EF&R does not issue permits in these areas).

Facts about the seasonal burning moratorium:

• Outdoor cooking or recreational burning (campfires) require a no-fee burn permit, which can be obtained online on the EF&R website.
• Puget Sound Clean Air Agency may impose a region-wide 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: www.firewise.org or www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.
• To locate burn ban information for State and Federal Lands (and Parks) click here.

For burn ban information, contact Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at (800) 595-4341 or www.pscleanair.org.

For questions regarding Eastside Fire & Rescue’s annual burning moratorium, please call (425) 313-3247. Burn permits can be found and downloaded from the website here.
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