Pacific County Fire District No. 1

Burn Information

BURN BAN LIFTED

TEMPORARY BURNING RESTRICTIONS LIFTED

South Bend, WA. – Pacific County implemented a temporary “Burn Ban” effective at midnight on 4-13-20. Pacific County Fire Districts and Fire Departments in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with other SW Washington Counties enacted restrictions on all outdoor burning on a temporary basis, until conditions had moderated.

As of midnight on 04-22-20, the conditions have moderated and restrictions have been lifted. If you have any further questions please contact the Department of Community Development at 360-642-9382 for the Long Beach office or 360-875-9356 for the South Bend office.

Definitions of Fire Danger Levels:

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.

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 “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.