Residential & Land Clearing Burn Bans Called

Residents who have yard waste to dispose of should look into clean alternatives to burning. Alternatives such as chipping and composting 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 this month. Prohibitions on residential outdoor burning in Jefferson and Clallam Counties begin July 1 while Thurston County bans burning beginning July 15. These seasonal bans continue through the summer.

All Land Clearing Burns are also prohibited July 11 through Sept. 30 in all six counties within ORCAA’s jurisdicition (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, please register for the ORCAA email news alerts on the ORCAA website ( or simply visit this site regularly for news and information our region’s air quality issues.

For statewide Burn Ban information, visit

July 14, 2014

Free Family Health & Safety Fair In Shelton

Community event includes screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index.

WHAT:                 Molina Healthcare will be hosting a FREE Family Health & Safety Fair on Sunday, July 20, at St. Edwards’s Catholic Church. The event will provide participants with FREE health screenings; including diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI). There will also be presentations featuring information on medical coverage, worker safety workshop, diabetes and breast cancer.

WHEN:           Sunday, July 20, 2014
                        10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:               St. Edward Catholic Church
                                601 W C St.
                                Shelton, WA 98584
VISUALS:       People receiving free health screenings; presentations on medical coverage, worker safety workshop, diabetes and breast cancer

WHO:                   Event sponsored by Molina Healthcare, Lutheran Community Services, Susan G. Komen Puget Sound, OSHA, Washington Department of Labor & Industries, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and Snohomish Medical Reserve Corp.

July 14, 2014

Northcliff Road Canyon Creek Culvert Replacement Project Construction

Shelton, WA – Northcliff Road between Birch Street and Poplar Street. Monday 7/14 to Friday 7/18 – The Contractor will have intermittent lane closure Monday through Wednesday with limited to one-way traffic controlled by flagging during work hours. The Contractor will close Northcliff Road, during the hours of 7:00am to 5:30pm, Thursday July 17th and Friday July 18th.

There will be trucks and equipment causing noise and congestion during this time. Please plan accordingly and avoid the area whenever possible.

We will try to keep you notified of any changes. There are three trailer mounted message signs staged at N13th, Poplar Street and San Joaquin Avenue to provide up to date information. Please also check the City of Shelton’s web site at for the latest information.    

The City of Shelton would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding during this project. You have all helped make the project a success.   

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

For further information please contact Clinton Leoppard at 360-490-0453, or Robert Tauscher at 360-432-5116

Thank you for your cooperation
City of Shelton Engineering Department

July 14, 2014

Fire Marshal Calls For Burn Ban In Kitsap County

As hot and dry weather conditions continue the outdoor fire danger has increased. In response Kitsap County is issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the County effective July 14, 2013. This is a Phase 1 burn ban and applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

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; and
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.

This ban remains in effect until further notice.

July 14, 2014