Effective Sunday, July 1, all land clearing and residential burning in Clark County will be restricted due to increased fire danger.
Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway is canceling all burning permits issued in Clark County for this year. Permits can be reissued or extended when the ban is lifted. Burning yard debris and material from land clearing will continue to be prohibited until at least Oct. 1, if not longer, depending on fire conditions.
Creating a defensible space around a home helps prevent wildfires from spreading to a residence, or vice versa. The following measures are recommended in both rural and urban areas:
- Remove fuel
- Within 3-5 feet of foundations, outbuildings, garages and sheds
- Within 10 feet of a house
- Under decks and porches
- From gutters, eaves, porches and decks
- Cut the lawn if it is brown. Dispose of debris and cuttings.
- Prune trees so lowest branches are 6-10 feet above the ground.
- Landscape with native and flame-resistant plants.
Recreational fires allowed beginning Thursday, September 20, for the unincorporated county areas and those lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Recreational fires will be allowed in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
On private land, recreational fires must comply with the following regulations:
- Fires must be built in metal, rock or masonry-lined pits, such as those in established campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores.
- Fires cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
- Fires must be at least 25 feet from structures or combustible materials and have at least 20 feet of overhead clearance from tree limbs, patio covers and carports.
- Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person, at least 16 years old, who can extinguish the fire using a shovel and at least 5 gallons of water in one or more containers or a connected hose with the water turned on.
- Fires must be extinguished by pouring water or shoveling moist soil onto flames and coals and stirring until all areas are cool to the touch.
The use of burn barrels is illegal in unincorporated Clark County.