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Posted on: June 2, 2022

Annual Burn Ban In Effect - June 1 to September 30

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An automatic burn restriction on outdoor burning shall be placed into effect from June 1 to September 30 each year within the unincorporated areas of the County.

1.

Burn restriction conditions and procedures. (Note: Burning in burn barrels is illegal - see 6.10.040(1).)

a.

This burn restriction limits all residential burning to include yard waste (trees, shrubs, grass clipping, etc.), the burning of ditch banks, or any other private burning.

b.

The burning of household garbage and building materials (processed lumber) is never allowed by Washington State law.

c.

Agricultural field burning or orchard burning is allowed when properly permitted by the Washington State Department of Ecology and precautions have been made for fire suppression if needed.

d.

Recreational fires - campfires are allowed in approved devices at public campgrounds when allowed by the campground authority. Recreational fires are allowed in private pits at residences when surrounded by twenty-five feet of non-combustible space around the fire pit, a charged water line is present and the fire is attended to at all times. (See GCC  6.10.050)

e.

Cooking fires are allowed for large events whether public or private and must be permitted through the Fire Marshal's office prior to the event.

f.

Open flames associated with gas barbeques or charcoal start-ups are allowed in a safe and sane manner. These devices are to be used in an area away from combustible materials including vegetation and must be attended to at all times.

g.

The Grant County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) may extend the ending date of the burn restriction at will based on existing conditions.

h.

Additional conditions may be imposed by the BOCC as an emergency procedure if fire conditions become more extreme.

2.

This burn restriction does not change the limits on burning already imposed on all cities in the State of Washington and Grant County. Since 2007, burning restrictions have been imposed by the Washington Department of Ecology for all cities and within Urban Growth Areas. When the countywide burn restriction is lifted, the Ecology burn limitations for all cities and Urban Growth Areas will still be in effect.

3.

The County burn restriction does not affect fires at State or Federal campgrounds in approved devices, (check for state or federal bans) or agricultural burning such as the burning of field crop residue and orchard tear out residue, provided the burning is permitted and conducted in accordance with the Washington Department of Ecology. (For more information on agro burning, contact the Department of Ecology directly.)

(Ord. No. 17-082-CC, 9-5-2017)

Read the full ordinance on Municode.com
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