Burn Ban Canceled 9/30/21
As of September 30, 2021, the Washington State Department of Natural Recourses here on the Olympic Peninsula advised the fire danger as low. In an effort to align with our neighbors and as agreed upon by the Jefferson County Fire Chief’s Association, the established 2021 countywide burn ban per county code 43-05 will be canceled, beginning October 1, 2021.
Land clearing burning will be allowed by permit only. Requirements for recreational fires remain the same, which are defined by the international fire code (2015 IFC – Section 307) and the Washington State Administrative code (173-425-050). Outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fire place, portable outdoor fire place, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purpose. Fires used for debris or rubbish disposal are not considered recreational fires and are illegal.
All county-wide burning is subject to immediate closure at any time, in the event air stagnation conditions or poor environmental conditions exists as determined by the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Olympic Region Clean Air Authority, the Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Jefferson County Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal.
Burn Ban Reduced 9/20/21
RECREATIONAL FIRE AND THE USE OF BRIQUETTES ALLOWED
The Jefferson County Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal agree to reduce the established burn ban related to recreational fires and the use of briquettes established on July 1, 2021.
The Chiefs are basing their decision in conjunction with our State and Federal partners. Though there has been some precipitation, the County has not seen any significant wetting recovery. The majority of Jefferson County has received under two inches of rain over the last three months. Currently we are experiencing cooler than usual temperatures and higher relative humidity. The current “Fire Danger Rating” shows the majority of the county on the low end of moderate. Jefferson County is still within the moderate draught category. The amended burn ban now allows for campfires and the use of charcoal briquettes within Jefferson County.
Per County ordinance, a burn ban is still in effect for all land clearing / debris burring within Jefferson County. Current atmospheric conditions will be evaluated on September 30, 2021 to determine if the burn ban will be extended.
Fire Danger Moves from Moderate to High 7/22/21
Effective 7/23/2021 at 0001 the fire danger for Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor Counties will be going from Moderate to High.
Fire Danger information is available on the DNR Website.
Weekend Incident Highlights Importance of Adhering to the Burn Ban 7/10/21
On July 10th, units of Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, East Jefferson Fire Rescue and other local emergency partners responded to a small bush fire outside of a home in the Shine area. The resident was doing yard maintenance when a small ember blew into the shrubs and immediately took off causing heavy flames and thick smoke. Even the mulch burned. At the time the wind was 5-7 mph gusting to 10 mph, fanning the blaze. Luckily the resident and neighbors were able to contain the fire with garden hoses until the fire department arrived and fully extinguished the flames.
EJFR Chief, Bret Black noted: “This was a close call that could have been a major fire. It highlights why we have a total burn ban in Jefferson County that prohibits any type of outdoor burning. If that shrub had been touching the house, it likely would have been a different outcome.
“We want the public to be aware that a flying ember can be caused by any number of outside activities, including grilling on a wood or charcoal BBQ, a campfire in a fire pit, or even tossing a lit cigarette butt or flicking an ash. For the next few months our area will continue to have low fuel moisture and relative humidity. Plants that look green and healthy are receptive fuel beds for ignition…. nature is ready to burn this time of year. Please help us keep you and your neighbors safe.”
2021 Burn Ban Update – 7/2/21
Hot weather pushing wildfire danger toward an early start 7/2/21
Residents should prepare for wildfire smoke before the need
With the above-average temperatures we are experiencing, wildfire season is now here.
Wildfire season typically runs from July through September however, the National Weather Service shows this year’s season will likely ramp up quickly and could last longer because of the warmer, dryer weather.
Now is the time to begin preparing for the possibility of wildfire smoke to invade Jefferson County in the coming weeks and months.
Creating a clean air space inside your home is the best way to get relief from wildfire smoke. More information can be found here.
You can also create your own low-cost air filter using a box fan and air filter to improve air quality in a single room in your home.
Have several days of water, groceries, and family needs on hand so you don’t have to go out when it’s smoky.
Don’t forget your pets: If the air quality is forecasted to be poor while you’re away from home, plan ahead to keep your pets inside or with a caregiver.
Wildfire smoke may increase the severity of symptoms for people with COVID-19. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may be more vulnerable to wildfire smoke due to potential long-term damage from COVID in the lungs.
Local burn ban information can be found here.
Fireworks are Dangerous – Celebrate Safely 7/1/21
Using consumer fireworks on our nation’s birthday is as traditional as cookouts and parades. However, Independence Day celebrations also bring fires and injuries due to misuse of fireworks.
East Jefferson Fire Rescue, along with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and local law enforcement agencies urges Jefferson County residents and visitors to use caution when purchasing and using fireworks outside Port Townsend city limits. Use of fireworks within Port Townsend city limits is banned. Possession or discharge of any fireworks is illegal within city limits.
2021 Land Clearing Burn Ban Established 6/25/21
Due to the anticipated above average temperatures and extreme natural fuels available, the Fire Chiefs of East Jefferson County, in the best interest and safety of the public, have set into effect a countywide burn ban limiting all land clearing burning beginning June 25 through September 30, 2021 or until further notice. The burn ban does not currently apply to recreational fires or barbeques.
The burn ban will be in effect for all land clearing burns within Jefferson County, as recommended by the Jefferson County Board of Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal, established under Jefferson County Resolutions No. 42-05 and 43-05. Establishing the burn ban earlier than July 1st brings Jefferson County into alignment with Kitsap County, and Clallam County. In addition, as of June 23, 2021 DNR Olympic upgraded fire danger to moderate, meaning all land clearing burning on State Lands is banned.
Single-Role EMT – 6/18/21
Next Assessment Center opportunity: July 28th, 2021
East Jefferson Fire Rescue is establishing an eligibility list for the position of Single Role EMT (SR-EMT.)
The SR-EMT is a non-firefighter (non-combatant) position that provides BLS care and transport of patients as part of the inter-facility transport service agreement with Jefferson Healthcare. In addition to inter-facility transports, an SR-EMT may deliver expanded role emergency medical services such as emergency incident rehabilitation, mobile integrated healthcare, and injury reduction/prevention programs.
Smoke Alarm Recall – 5/27/21
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, about 226,000 alarm units are being recalled due to a possible failure to alert consumers to a fire. The recalled units are the Kidde Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060, and 2070 Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms. Only alarms with the TruSense logo or “AMBER=FAULT” printed on the front of the alarm are included in this recall. The model number is printed on the back of the alarm.
While there have been no incidents or injuries reported, consumers are advised to immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement alarm. Kidde Support can be reached at toll-free (844) 796-9972 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Saturday or online at www.kiddetsalarmrecall.rsvpcomm.com or www.kidde.com and click on “Support” and then “Product Alerts” for more information. Consumers are advised to keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms.
For more information, visit the Recall Announcement on the CPSC website or call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 596-3929.