Burn Ban in Effect

BURN BAN IN EFFECT Chelan County Moderate Fire Danger Restrictions:

(i) Restricted Open Flame Devices. No person shall operate or use any device liable to start or cause fire in or upon any moderate fire hazard area, except by the authority of a written permit or approval from the appropriate fire protection agency; provided, however, that no permit will be required if such use is within a habited premises or area directly related thereto;

(ii) Restricted Outdoor Fires. No person shall build, ignite, or maintain any outdoor fire of any kind or character, or for any purpose whatsoever, in a moderate fire hazard area, except for recreational residential campfires burning in a campfire area installed in accordance with the Chelan County fire advisory board guidelines or except by authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency;

(iii) Portable fireplaces/pits/chimineas are approved providing they are placed on noncombustible material or all noncombustible material is removed to mineral soil with all combustible material one and one-half feet around the portable fireplace/pit/chiminea removed. Only natural wood materials shall be burned in the portable fireplace/pit/chiminea and the fuel shall not extend outside the portable fireplace/pit/chiminea.

Definition of a “Campfire area”

“Campfire area” is an outdoor fire-burning area for recreational fires where natural wood materials other than rubbish can be burned. The campfire area must have all combustible material removed down to mineral soil and shall have a containment area of either rock, metal, concrete or any other noncombustible material and shall not be more than thirty-six inches in diameter and twenty-four inches high. All combustible material one and one-half feet surrounding the campfire area shall be removed. Fuel for the recreational residential campfire shall not extend above the edge of the campfire containment area.

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