We have seen unprecedented low rainfall and snowpack, coupled with record breaking temperatures, causing fuels to be very dry locally.
The City of Anacortes, Mayor Gere and Department Heads are extremely concerned with the potential of a serious wildfire in the parks/ forest lands, and the threat to homes and businesses in our community.
Effective immediately, the City of Anacortes is placing a Burn Ban on wood fueled open fires to include all residential backyard fires, and fire pits in Washington Park. It is acceptable to use charcoal briquettes or liquefied gas cookers and fireplaces as an alternative.
The city also urges all residents and visitors to obey the City of Anacortes Fireworks Ban, which prohibits any fireworks from being discharged within the City. If you see fireworks being used, please call 911 to notify the Anacortes Police Department.
Meanwhile, due to the decrease in fuel moisture levels, available fire resources, and the Proclamation by the state governor, Unincorporated Skagit County will be going to a full burn ban as of Monday, June 29, 2015.
Outdoor burning includes, campfires, bonfires, residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement, and agricultural burning activity. Liquid fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted provided the use is over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation. Charcoal grills are permitted at private residences provided the use is over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation.
Governor Jay Inslee has declared a State of Emergency for all Washington Counties due to the large fire potential. He also has strongly urged people to not use fireworks and find other ways of celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.