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 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 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.
At this time, recreational fires are allowed on private residential properties and in established fire rings within official county, state, and 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 burn ban.
The Thurston County Outdoor Burn Ban is effective as of 3 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2020, and ending Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
To stay up-to-date on the status of burn bans, please visit the ORCAA website at www.orcaa.org.