Alerts and Notices

September 19, 2017

Clallam County Burn Ban Modification

UPDATE
PRESS RELEASE

Annette Warren, Clallam County Fire Marshal, is announcing that a county-wide burn ban has been modified to permit campfires in established fire rings on private property and in campgrounds.
This decision was made based on recommendations of the local fire districts as weather conditions have slightly eased the fire danger in Western Washington. The burn restrictions will remain in effect until October 1, 2017.

The Clallam County Fire Marshal’s office works closely with local fire districts and local fire departments, and strongly urges all county residents and property owners to be attentive to the condition of their properties through proactive fire prevention measures.

Thank you,
Annette Warren
Building Official
Fire Marshal

Click here to see the county declaration.


September 18, 2017

City of Forks Burn Ban Modification

2nd Modification of the 3 Aug 2017 Burn Ban in the City of Forks

Following the recent rainfall, the Clallam County Fire Marshall agreed to permit outdoor recreational fires in fire pits on private property and in campgrounds. Based on this decision, the City of Forks Burn Ban is modified to permit the use of recreational fires in fire pits, briquette bargeques and wood fired smokers.

Utilization of gas fired grills is still permitted under this clarification and/or modifification.

Bill Paul
Fire Chief
Clallam County Fire District #1

Click here to see the city declaration.


September 06, 2017

Fire Restrictions Enacted on all DNR Protected Lands

Fire Danger within the state is Very High/Extreme.  Effective 9/6/2017 at 0001, fire restrictions will be enacted on all DNR protected lands within the State of Washington.

Outdoor burning, including campfires in fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes, is banned on all forest lands within the state under Department of Natural Resources fire protection.  Fireworks, incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition are illegal on all DNR Protected Lands.  Prescribed fire to enhance or restore fire dependent ecosystems may be allowed if there is a Department approved Burn Plan.  Check with your local fire district for additional burn restrictions:

DNR State Fire Danger Website: https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/

These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Click here to see the DNR declaration.


August 4, 2017

UPDATE

Press Release

Burn Restrictions have been modified in unincorporated Clallam County due to “HIGH” fire danger

Due to atmospheric conditions of reduced moisture levels, low humidity and warmer weather, combined with the reduced availability of fire-fighting resources the Clallam County Burn Ban is being modified to a “HIGH” fire danger. Camp fires a maximum of 3 feet in diameter and two feet in height are still allowed, however they must be contained within a concrete or metal fire pit located in an approved campground or on private property with the property owner’s permission. The exception to this modification is those campgrounds within the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest which are not regulated by the county.

The Clallam County Fire Marshal’s office works closely with local fire districts and local fire departments, and strongly urges all county residents and property owners to be attentive to the condition of their properties through proactive fire prevention measures.

Maintaining a 30-foot defensible space around structures will help aid fire fighters by creating a zone of protection around your personal property.

You can find more information concerning Defensible Space on the Clallam County website http://www.clallam.net/Permits/burningrestrictions.html

Thank You,
Annette Warren
Building Official/Fire Marshal
(360) 417-2314

Click here to see the county declaration.


August 03, 2017

Order Declaring Fire Danger and Imposing Burn Ban in the City of Forks

The City of Forks is experiencing exceptionally high temperatures coupled with occasional winds and wind gusts. These conditions could allow open flame fires to suddenly spread out of control.

Based upon these increasing drying conditions, it is hereby declared that there is unusual fire danger in the City of Forks pursuant to the Forks Municipal Code Chapter 2.35. In accordance with this code, a burn ban is imposed throughout the City of Forks. This ban incudes open flame recreational fires such as open fire pit, fire rings, and chimney style fire pits. As part of this ban, these cannot be used for the cooking of food. The ban also includes the use of fire torches for treatment of yards, driveways, etc.

Gas and briquette barbeques/smokers, and similarly contained means of cooking food outdoors, are permitted for use during this ban.

This ban on the use of fires shall remain in effect until rescinded.

Signed this 3rd of August 2017

Bill Paul                                                                         Bryon Monohon
Fire Chief                                                                      Mayor
Clallam County Fire District #1

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June 26, 2017

CLALLAM COUNTY BURN RESTRICTIONS

The Clallam County Burn Restrictions will take effect July 1, 2017 and run through October 1, 2017, unless conditions warrant an earlier closure.

The Burn Restriction applies to all outdoor burning except recreational cooking fires. Recreational fires are permitted unless further banned by extreme conditions.

Note: Recreational fires are limited to 3-feet in diameter and 2-feet in height. Fires for debris disposal are not legal under any circumstances and are not considered recreational.

If conditions arise the restrictions may be upgraded to a HIGH FIRE DANGER, this will prohibit all outdoor burning which includes recreational fires. The exception is within the Olympic National Park and other controlled campgrounds.

Contact your local fire district for more information or visit our website at www.clallam.net.

Annette Warren
Fire Marshal – Building Official

Click here to see the county declaration.