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614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

July 6, 2009


Kitsap County Fire Chiefs' Association
Michele Laboda (North Kitsap Fire & Rescue)


(360) 297-3619 ext.14, (360) 265-6244

No: 09-43

Fire Danger is Rising; Outdoor Burn Ban in Effect on Wednesday

(Port Orchard) The Kitsap County Fire Chiefs' Association, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office, announced today that they will impose a
Phase I Outdoor Burning Ban on 8:00am on Wednesday, July 8.

Under a Phase I Outdoor Burning Ban, outdoor burning permits are temporarily suspended and no outdoor burning is allowed except for cooking fires in contained barbecue units and recreational fires. A "recreational" fire is defined as follows:

  • Built in a designated fire pit space,
  • No larger than three feet in diameter,
  • Containing seasoned firewood or charcoal briquettes only,
  • Located in a space well clear of vegetation, and at least 25 feet from buildings, fences, or anything that might burn,
  • Attended at all times by an alert adult with immediate access to a shovel and a water source.

Outdoor burning is the most common cause of wildland fires. The potential for dangerous fire spread is increasing as vegetation moisture content is decreasing due to a prolonged spell of warm and dry weather. More of the same is forecast for the coming week. Local fire districts are already reporting well above average the number of brush fires.

The ban will remain in place until significant and sustained rainfall improves conditions.

For more information on outdoor burning and local restrictions, contact your local fire agency:

- Bainbridge Island Fire Department at 206.842.7686,

- Bremerton Fire Department at 360.473.5380,

- Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue at 360.447.3555,

- North Kitsap Fire & Rescue at 360.297.4888,

- Poulsbo Fire Department at 360.779.3997

- South Kitsap Fire & Rescue at 360.871.2425,

or  County-wide at 1.800.323.BURN.


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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014