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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 16, 2018
Joshua Cummings, Fire Marshal and Community Planning and Economic Development Department Director,

Thurston County Burn Ban – Countywide Outdoor Burn Ban
Current weather conditions create substantial fire danger

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Fire Marshal, in consultation with the County Manager, the Board of County Commissioners and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), determined that current weather conditions within the county have created substantial fire danger and there is a need to enact restrictions on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Thurston County.

The Fire Safety Burn Ban applies to residential yard-waste burning as well as all Land Clearing Burns. At this time, recreational fires are allowed on private residential properties and in established fire rings within official county, state or federal campgrounds.

Recreational fires must be contained in approved concrete, stone or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds. The use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

The restrictions on outdoor burning during the summer has resulted in a significant drop in brush fires and property damage each of the past several years, according to fire officials.

The Thurston County Outdoor Burn Ban is effective as of 3 p.m., Monday, July 16, and ending Saturday, September 22, 2018.

 To stay up-to-date on the status of burn bans, please visit for the ORCAA website at www.orcaa.org.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3