BURN BAN CANCELED
As of September 30, 2021, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources 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). 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.
DNR wildfire and agency leadership
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz oversees the Department of Natural Resources and its responsibility to prevent and fight wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. This includes supervising the state’s largest fire department, which participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting, as well as managing 3 million acres of state trust lands, 2.6 million acres of state aquatic lands, 96 state natural areas, rule administration across 12 million acres of Washington forestlands, and the Washington State Geology Survey.
Local Burning Guidelines
Burn Permit Application – No permits will be issued during the countywide burn ban
For information on the normal burn regulations in our district, click on the PDF below:
For additional information regarding burning status in all Washington state counties: