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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Brent Butler, Fire Marshal, Resource Stewardship Department / 360-709-3005

Thurston County Issues Fire Ban following Excessive Heat Warning
Thurston County bans recreational fires Thursday 2pm through 8am Saturday in unincorporated parts of the County

OLYMPIA - After consulting with the Executive Board of the Thurston County Fire Chiefs' Association and the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners, the Thurston County Fire Marshal issued a temporary ban on recreational fires in unincorporated areas of Thurston County. The ban begins today, August 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. and runs through Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8 a.m.

During the ban, all outdoor burning, including campfires, bonfires, fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes is prohibited. Liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on-off controls are permitted.

Thurston County has been experiencing a high number of smoke investigations and respiratory emergency responses, and County residents are being cautioned that the combination of extremely hot temperatures and dry conditions make it unsafe to spark fires at this time. The dry conditions also increase the risk that fires can spread quickly.

On August 17, 2016, Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark expanded a previous burn ban issued on July 2, 2016. Effective August 17, 2016, the expanded order prohibits fires on all forest lands within the State of Washington under the Department of Natural Resources fire protection with the exception of fires authorized by the Commissioner of Public Lands. The amended burn ban now prohibits all outdoor burning including camp fires and the use of charcoal briquettes on all state lands until September 30, 2016. To see the Commissioner's official order please go to: http://file.dnr.wa.gov/publications/rp_fire_statewide_burnban_cpl_order.pdf

For further information, please contact Fire Chief Steve Brooks at 360-239-8593, Chief VanCamp at 360-791-1004 or the County Fire Marshal Brent Butler at 360-628-0885.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3