Outdoor burning restrictions announced

Grays Harbor County Fire Districts and Fire departments in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency have set restrictions on all outdoor burning. All residential burning, along with land clearing and silvicultural (forest practice) burning will be prohibited until further notice.

Recreational campfires are allowed if built in fire pits in designated campgrounds such as those typically found in local, county and state parks and in commercial campgrounds. On private land, campfires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in the following manner:

• The campfire shall be no greater than 3-feet in diameter and constructed of a ring of metal, stone or brick 8-inches above the ground surface, with a 2-foot-wide area cleared down to exposed soil surrounding the outside of the pit.

• The campfire shall have an area of at least 10 feet around it cleared of all flammable material and at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead flammable materials or fuel.

• The campfire must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with the ability to extinguish the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.

Beaches which allow burning will continue to allow burning as long as the fires are a minimum of 100 feet from the dunes and a size no larger than a 3-feet diameter and 2-feet high.

Completely extinguish all fires by pouring water or moist soil/sand on them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.