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Seasonal Burn Ban in Effect July 1, 2018

Forest Fire Seasonal Burn Ban starts July 1st - Earlier than usual start due to high-fire danger and drier than usual conditions.
Cowlitz County, in cooperation with emergency service officials from Clark, and other counties, will be enacting restrictions on all outdoor burning. On July 1st, all land clearing, residential and silvicultural burning will be restricted until further notice. The Cowlitz County Fire Marshal is rescinding all burn permits issued prior to the burn ban; they can be reissued or extended when the ban is lifted.
Fire In an effort to have predictable and consistent burn ban dates, Cowlitz and Clark counties implemented a policy to ban outdoor burning from July 1st through September 30th this year. In extreme fire hazard conditions, the ban can be extended to begin sooner or end later, as is the case with the Seasonal Burn Ban beginning July 1st, this year. Please contact the Cowlitz County Fire Marshal's Office to be sure the ban has been lifted before resuming any burning after September 30th

2018 Seasonal Burn Ban Press Release

 Campfire  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, campfires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in the following approved manner
• In a metal, stone or masonry lined fire pit such as those seen in approved campgrounds.
• They may not exceed three-feet in diameter,
• They must have an area at least ten-feet around them cleared of all flammable material and be located a minimum of 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials including overhead fuels.
• Campfires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16-years old with the ability and tools to extinguish the fire, such as a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

Be a Good Neighbor!  Recreational burning must not preent a smoke or odor nuisance to surrounding property owners.

Recreational Burning may be subject to further restrictions during the fire season - Please Check this Page Regularly for up to date information.

Please remember to 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.

More information on fire danger ratings is available from the Department of Natural Resources.

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