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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 2, 2019
Joshua Cummings, Fire Marshal and Community Planning and Economic Development Department Director, (360) 754-4995 or joshua.cummings@co.thurston.wa.us

Thurston County Burn Ban – Countywide Outdoor Burn Ban
The burn ban is effective 3pm today through Monday, September 30

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Fire Marshal, in consultation with the County Manager, the Board of County Commissioners, the Thurston County Director of Emergency Services, and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), determined that current weather conditions within the county have met the fire danger level necessary 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 have 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 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, and ending Monday, September 30, 2019. 

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