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Fire Marshal Lifts Ban On Campfires

posted Sep 4, 2015, 5:32 PM by Sean Smith   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 5:33 PM ]

Fire Marshal lifts ban on campfires,cites weather conditions

Vancouver, WA – Recent rain and a forecast for cooler temperatures have prompted the Clark County Fire Marshal to end this year’s ban on recreational fires while continuing the seasonal ban on fires involving yard debris or land clearing.

Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway said the partial ban will continue until at least Oct. 1, depending on fire conditions.

Locally, the cities of Battle Ground and La Center also have lifted bans on recreational campfires.

Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has announced it will allow campfires starting Saturday in official campgrounds on lands protected by that agency in western Washington.

Recreational campfires are allowed in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those found in local, county and state parks. On private land, recreational fires must be:

·    Built in metal, stone or masonry lined pits. Such pits are found in approved campgrounds or sold in home and garden centers.

·    No larger than 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height.

·    At least 25 feet from a structure or other combustible material and have at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels, including tree limbs, patio covers or carports.

·    Attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with ability to extinguish the fire using a shovel, five gallons of water or a water hose connected and charged.

·    Completely extinguished by pouring water or moist soil on top and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch.

Burn barrels are prohibited.

Go to www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html for more information on fire safety rules for outdoor activities. For questions, check with the Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 397-2186.