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UPDATE: Recreational Fires Now Allowed

CONTACT:    Joshua Cummings, Fire Marshal and Community Planning and Economic Development Department Director, (360) 754-4995 or  

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Fire Marshal, in consultation with the interim county manager, and in alignment with Washington State Department of Natural Resources, has determined current weather conditions within the county are now amenable to allow for recreational fires in Thurston County. 

Campfires, recreational fires, and charcoal briquettes are now allowed if used on, or surrounded by, non-combustible surfaces like concrete or a fire ring. Cooking stoves, barbeques, and recreational fire pits fueled by propane or gas with a shutoff valve are also authorized. 

The Fire Safety Burn Ban continues to apply to residential yard waste burning and all land clearing burns. The restrictions on outdoor burning during the summer have resulted in a significant drop in brush fires and property damage each of the past several years, according to fire officials. The Fire Safety Burn Ban remains in effect until September 30, 2023. 

To stay up-to-date on the status of burn bans, please visit the ORCAA website at, or the Washington Department of Natural Resources burn portal at


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