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COUNTY-WIDE BURN BAN IN EFFECT

Effective July 15, 2017 at 8:00am – until further notice. The Mason County Community Development Director, as acting Fire Marshal, and in partnership with the Mason County  Fire Chiefs’ Association, has determined that current weather conditions within Mason County have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restrictions on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Mason County.   This burn ban applies to OUTDOOR BURNING, including land clearing and yard debris; with the exception of recreational fires in approved concrete, stone, or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds. The use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban.

*Lands protected by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may have different restrictions.  To find out more information or determine if you are in a Department of Natural Resources area visit www.dnr.wa.gov or call the DNR South Puget Sound Region at 360-825-1631.

Recreational fires must: 

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.
  • Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
  • No burning when winds exceed 5 MPH.

Check to see if you live within the Belfair Urban Growth Area (UGA). If so, there is a permanent burn ban in effect.

Recreational Outdoor Burning

Burn Barrels are ILLEGAL in any form of outdoor burning in Washington State.

  1. A written permit is not required for a recreational fire.
  2. Recreational fires are NOT TO BE USED FOR DEBRIS DISPOSAL. Use only firewood and/or charcoal briquettes.
  3. Maximum fire pile size is three (3) feet in diameter. At no time shall any burning material protrude pass the perimeter of the fire pit.
  4. A minimum ten (10) foot firebreak must be constructed around each fire with a twenty (20) foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches.
  5. Fire shall be in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds.
  6. Only one fire at a time per parcel, or campsite.
  7. Fire must be at least twenty five (25) feet from any structure or combustible material.
  8. The fire must not create a nuisance from smoke, obscure visibility on public roads, or endanger life and property.
  9. A person, water, and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire shall be in constant attendance at the site while burning.

Residential Burn

Residential Outdoor Burning *Note: County-Wide Burn Ban in Effect – Effective Saturday, July 15th at 8:00 am*

Burn Barrels are ILLEGAL in any form of outdoor burning in Washington State.

  1. A written permit is not required for residential burning.
  2. Maximum pile size is four (4) feet in diameter.
  3. A minimum 10-foot firebreak must be constructed around each pile with a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches.
  4. Only one fire at a time per parcel.
  5. Burn pile must be at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible material. Materials to be burned shall not be moved from one site to another. All materials must originate from the property on which the burning is to occur.
  6. The fire must not create a nuisance from smoke
  7. No residential fire is to be commenced before dawn and no material is to be added after dusk.
  8. A person and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire must be in constant attendance at the site while burning.

Prohibited materials include, but are not limited to:
Garbage, plastic, cardboard, paper*, construction/demolition debris including all types of lumber, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber, metal, or any substance that releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, and/or obnoxious odors when burned.

*A limited amount of paper is allowed to get a fire started but no more may be added after it has been ignited.

land clearing

Land Clearing Burning: A written permit is required for land clearing and agricultural burning. These permits may be applied for at the Mason County Permit Center. 

Mason County Land Clearing Burning Info

Further information regarding burn bans in your local area and state wide can be obtained from ORCAA new online information center.  Information may be accessed by clicking the link below:

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/outdoor_woodsmoke/residentialburn.htm