Dune grass fire

Pacific County Fire District #1 doused a dune grass fire north of the Bolstad beach approach on July 3. With the summer dry spell setting in, the county initiated an outdoor “burn ban” to start July 15. From about now until rains return in September, Western Washington typically is drier than Arizona.

LONG BEACH — Pacific County announced July 13 it plans to initiate a “Burn Ban” effective at midnight on July 15.

“Pacific County fire districts and fire departments in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with other Southwest Washington counties will be enacting restrictions on all outdoor burning until conditions moderate. All residential burning associated with land clearing is prohibited until further notice,” the Department of Community Development said in a press release.

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:

• The campfire must be no greater than 3 feet in diameter and constructed of a ring of metal, stone or brick 8 inches above ground surface, with a 2-foot-wide area cleared down to exposed soil surrounding the outside of the pit.

• The campfire must have an area at least 10 feet around it cleared of all flammable material and at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead flammable materials or fuels.

• The campfire must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with the ability to extinguish 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 campstoves is encouraged as an alternative.

Contact your local fire district for further information and also the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for updates on burn restrictions at 1-800-323-BURN or visit their website at www2.wadnr.gov/burn-risk. Contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website at www.orcaa.org.

For more information, contact Pacific County Community Development in Long Beach at 360-642-9382, or in South Bend at 360-875-9356.

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