OLYMPIA - Effective 12:01 A.M., July 2, 2009, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with officials from Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor Counties, will enact restrictions on all outdoor burning. As of July 2, 2009, all land clearing, residential and silvicultural burning will be banned until further notice. This burn ban does not extend to federally managed lands.
Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved 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 an approved manner:
- In a metal, stone or masonry-lined fire pit such as those seen in approved campgrounds.
- They may not exceed three feet in diameter,
- They must have an area at least ten feet around them cleared of all flammable material and at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels.
- Campfires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with the ability and tools to extinguish the fire, a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.