PACIFIC COUNTY - Effective Friday, July 14, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with emergency service officials from Pacific, Skamania, Cowlitz, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties, enacted restrictions on all outdoor burning.

As of July 14, all land clearing, residential and silvicultural burning is restricted until further notice. In Pacific County, all burn permits issued prior to the ban are rescinded. These burning restrictions do not extend to federally managed lands.

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. Beach fires are allowed however they can be no bigger than 3-feet in diameter, must be built 100-feet west of the dune grass lines, must have a responsible party attending the fire at all times, and must be buried and completely extinguished when finished. 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 3-feet in diameter.

• They must have an area of at least 10-feet around them cleared of all flammable material and at least 20-feet of clearance from 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.

Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil on 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.

For more information on local fire restrictions, call the Pacific County Department of Community Development at 642-9356 or call your local fire department.

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