Fire season is here and as temperatures rise, many counties and fire agencies have instituted burn bans. These bans can prohibit everything from burning yard waste to a campfire. In Washington, a burn ban violation is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. "Outdoor fires that get out of control can cause large wildfires that put citizens, firefighters and property at risk," says State Fire Marshal Mike Matlick. You may also be responsible for the cost of putting out the fire as well as any damaged property.
Always check with your local fire department for permit and safety requirements before you light any outdoor fire. For more information, please visit the Office of State Fire Marshal website at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars
Specific county burn ban information can be obtained at http://www.dnr.wa.gov or by calling 800-323-BURN.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington State's firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.