The prospect of unusually warm, dry weather expected in the coming days has prompted bans on recreational fires in Anacortes and across Skagit County.
The city’s Fire Marshal says, “Due to extended warm dry weather and extreme fire danger, a ban on recreational fires is in effect for the City of Anacortes. Fires in approved fire pits at Washington Park and Fidalgo Bay Resort campsites are excluded from the ban at this time. All burn permits previously issued are temporarily suspended. Please call the Anacortes Fire Department at 360-293-1925 for any questions regarding this ban.”
Meanwhile, Skagit County issued a similar decision.
Due to hot weather conditions ahead and low fuel moisture levels, the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office joins the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources, Whatcom County and Island County in banning all outdoor burning, including campfires, in unincorporated Skagit County.
This full burn ban is effective Aug. 2, until further notice.
Enclosed outdoor gas-fueled appliances are still allowed, provided the use is over a non-flammable surface and is at least 10 feet from combustible materials or vegetation. Charcoal cooking appliances are allowed at private residences only. Discarded charcoal and ash should be doused with water and kept in a metal container, away from combustible materials, for at least 72 hours.
This ban does not pertain to agricultural burning permitted through the Northwest Clean Air Agency or Silvicultural burning permitted through Washington State Department of Natural Resources. For information on active permits, contact those agencies directly.
If you have any questions about open burning in Skagit County please contact the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-416-1842, or our website at http://skagitcounty.net/Departments/FireMarshal/main.htm.