Dry weather prompts county-wide burn ban

The Pierce County Fire Marshal has declared a county-wide burn ban effective 8 a.m., Monday, June 22, until further notice. Dry weather and forecasts calling for continued dry heat prompted the limited ban, issued jointly with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association; King, Kitsap, Snohomish, and Mason counties; and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The indefinite ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and grills will continue to be allowed under the ban. Those with DNR burn permits are advised to call 1-800-323-BURN for more information.

The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is reminding residents to stay out of the heat as much as possible and to stay hydrated. Vulnerable residents and those seeking relief are encouraged to take advantage of cooler air in public buildings such as Pierce County libraries, local malls, movie theaters, and other large stores.

The Pierce County Fire Marshal would like to remind everyone that although fireworks are still permitted, to please practice good firework safety during the July 4th holiday.

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