Residents who have yard waste to dispose of should look into clean alternatives to burning, such as chipping and composting, to help keep our air clean and healthful. Those alternatives can also be used all summer, unlike burning. Because of wildfire and public safety concerns in our wooded counties, seasonal burn bans take effect starting in July.
Prohibitions on residential outdoor burning in Jefferson and Clallam Counties begin July 1. Thurston County’s ban begins July 15. These seasonal bans continue through the summer.
All Land Clearing Burns are prohibited July 1 through Sept. 30 in all six counties within ORCAA’s jurisdiction (Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Pacific and Thurston).
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) prohibiting burning on lands it manages statewide during that period, and ORCAA’s land clearing burn ban was called in support of that DNR fire-safety effort. The restrictions on outdoor burning during the summer and early autumn has resulted in a significant drop in brush fires and property damage each of the past couple years, according to fire officials.
To stay up-to-date on the status of burn bans, register for the ORCAA email news alerts or visit the ORCAA website for news and information on our region’s air quality issues.
June 27, 2013