When the fire danger is “high”, fires can start easily from most causes and small fuels (such as grasses and needles) will ignite readily. Unattended campfires and brush fires are likely to escape. Fires will spread easily, with some areas of high-intensity burning on slopes or concentrated fuels. Fires can become serious and difficult to control unless they are put out while they are still small.
When the fire danger is “extreme”, fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious and can spread very quickly with intense burning. Small fires become big fires much faster than at the “very high” level. Spot fires are probable, with long-distance spotting likely. These fires are very difficult to fight and may become very dangerous and often last for several days.
When the fire danger is “moderate” it means that fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is usually pretty low. If a fire does start in an open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days. Most wood fires will spread slowly to moderately. Average fire intensity will be moderate except in heavy concentrations of fuel, which may burn hot. Fires are still not likely to become serious and are often easy to control.
When the fire danger is “low” it means that fuels do not ignite easily from small embers, but a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or dry rotten wood. Fires in open, dry grasslands may burn easily a few hours after a rain, but most wood fires will spread slowly, creeping or smoldering. Control of fires is generally easy.
June 23, 2021
OUTDOOR BURNING RESTRICTIONS IN PACIFIC COUNTY
Pacific County will be implementing a “Burn Ban” effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 25th until further notice. Pacific County joins Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, and Wahkiakum Counties in implementing this burn ban.
The burn ban applies to outdoor debris burning.
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, recreational fires are permitted when built according to the following regulations:
• Recreational fires must be in a metal, stone, or masonry-lined fire pit such as those in improved campgrounds or available at home and garden stores.
• Size may not exceed 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height.
• Fires must be at least 25 feet from a structure or other combustible material and have at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels such as tree limbs, patio covers or carports.
• Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old who has the ability and tools to extinguish the fire. Tools include a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
• Portable outdoor fireplaces, also known as patio fireplaces, designed to burn solid wood should not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material and must always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Completely extinguish recreational fires by covering them with water or moist soil and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch.
• Self-contained camp stoves are a safe and easy alternative to campfires.
At this time the use of fireworks during the allowed discharge period is not affected by this ban.
Please contact Washington State Department of Natural Resources for updates on burn restrictions at
1-800-323-BURN or visit their website at www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions. You can also contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website at www.orcaa.org.
To contact our office, please call 360-642-9382 for Long Beach or 360-875-9356 for South Bend.
Director of Community Development Fire Marshal-Building Official
1216 W. Robert Bush Dr., PO Box 68, South Bend, WA 98586 ph 360.875.9356, fax 360.875.9304
7013 Sandridge Rd., Long Beach, WA 98631 ph 360.642.9382, fax 360.642.9387
“Pacific County is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Provider”