Burn ban is in effect July 15 through Sept. 30
Starting Friday, July 15, all land clearing and residential burning in Clark County will be restricted until further notice.
The Fire Marshal also is rescinding all burning permits issued prior to the ban. Permits can be reissued or extended when the ban is lifted. The burning restrictions do not apply to federally managed lands.
County burn ban immediately expanded to include recreational fires
Effective August 18, recreational fires are now prohibited under the current land clearing burn ban throughout unincorporated Clark County.
The recreational fire prohibition follows a similar statewide ban imposed yesterday by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The state is prohibiting all outdoor burning, including campfires in fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes in state forests, parks and lands protected by Natural Resources firefighters.
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.
Self-contained camp stoves, which are not banned, are a safe and easy alternative for outdoor cooking.
Fire safety is everyone's responsibility! All outdoor fires must be constantly attended by an adult until the fire is extinguished. Provide adequate means for extinguishing a fire and keep it readily available. Don't burn if wind conditions make it hazardous to do so. Adhere to the fire safety requirements listed on your permit.