A countywide burn ban took effect this morning in Pierce County and is expected to last through the end of September.
The Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau, Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the state Department of Natural Resources decided to institute the ban because weather forecasters have predicted continued dry weather, according to a press release from the county. Pierce County’s ban is in conjunction with fire marshals in King, Kitsap and Mason counties.
The stage 1 ban began at 8 a.m. and is set to expire Sept. 30. A statewide burn ban also begins today on all Department of Natural Resources-protected lands.
Under the ban, most outdoor burning is prohibited. The exception is small recreational fires that are lit in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property, the press release states.
Residents can still use gas and propane self-contained stoves and BBQs.
The press release stated the countywide burn ban will be implemented each year.
“This is being done in order to maintain consistency and increase awareness of fire safety during the hot, dry weather in the summer months,” the press release states. “The defined dates do not preclude declaration of an earlier or longer ban, based on weather conditions for each year.”