Burning Information

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Burn In Effect

The Mason County Community Development Director, as acting Fire Marshal, and in partnership with the Mason County  Fire Chiefs’ Association, has determined that current weather conditions within Mason County have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restriction on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Mason County.   This burn ban applies to ALL OUDOOR BURNING, including land clearing and yard debris; with the exception of recreational fires in approved concrete, stone, or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds. The use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

 

*Lands protected by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may have different restrictions.  To find out more information or determine if you are in a Department of Natural Resources area visit www.dnr.wa.gov or call the DNR South Puget Sound Region at 360-825-1631.

 

Recreational Fire Rules:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
  • Be located 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 with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.
  •  Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
  • No burning when winds exceed 5 MPH.

 

Click Here: Mason County Department of Community Development Press Release

Within the Belfair Urban Growth Area(UGA) there is a permanent  burn ban in effect.

Burn piles may be no bigger than 4′ wide x4′ long x4′ high. Burn Barrels are illegal in Washington State.  Washington State regulations state that only natural vegetation may be burned. Washington State defines natural vegetation as:
Unprocessed plant material from herbs, shrubbery, and trees, including grass, weeds, and leaves.

Prohibited materials include, but are not limited to:
Garbage, plastic, cardboard, paper*, construction/demolition debris including all types of lumber, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber, metal, or any substance that releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, and/or obnoxious odors when burned.

*A limited amount of paper is allowed to get a fire started but no more may be added after it has been ignited.

For a copy of the Mason County Burning Regulations click here:

 

Further information regarding burn bans in your local area and state wide can be obtained from ORCAA new online information center.  This is accessed by clicking the link below.

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/outdoor_woodsmoke/residentialburn.htm