Due to rising fire danger, the Suquamish Tribe, in cooperation with the Kitsap fire Marshal office, is imposing a Phase I Partial ban on most outdoor burning starting at midnight Aug 5, 2022, until further notice.
Under the Phase I – Partial Burn Ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited except for small recreational fires, cooking, or ceremonial fires within approved devices and safe locations.
Approved devices for open fires include fire pits made with non-combustible material, placed on a fire-resistant surface, and not to exceed 36 inches in diameter. Barbecue grills fueled with charcoal are also permitted.
Open recreational fires must be located at least 25 feet from any structures and contained within a designated fire pit. Fires shall not exceed 2 feet and may not be used as a substitute for burning yard debris.
Local fire districts have seen recent increases in fire responses with an early start to the wildfire season throughout Western Washington. Higher than normal temperatures are likely to continue and lower than normal amounts of rain are predicted over the next few weeks, worsening fire risk in a landscape that’s already dry. Escaped outdoor fires are the leading cause of wildfires, sparking nearly 85% of all blazes.
We’re asking the community to be aware of the sharp increase in fire danger with fireworks and other sources and work with us to prevent dangerous vegetation fires by ensuring open burning is only in a clear area with a water source and/or fire extinguisher(s) readily available.
For further information regarding the burn ban please contact Eric Quitslund, Office of Emergency Management Operations officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.