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BURN BAN UPDATE: Recreation Fires Allowed

posted Aug 19, 2021, 10:22 AM by Ramona Wheeler   [ updated Aug 19, 2021, 10:24 AM ]
The temporary ban on recreational fires and charcoal briquettes has been lifted by the Pierce County Fire Marshal.

There is still a BAN on burning yard waste at this time. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues continue to be allowed under the current ban.

The current burn ban does not apply to small recreational campfires. A recreational fire is in an approved fire pit and consists of seasoned split dried fire wood. All outdoor burning still requires a burn permit that can be obtained from the fire station.

Until further notice, ALL Recreational Fires must:

  1. Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds and cannot be used as debris disposal;
  2. Grow no larger than three (3) feet in diameter;
  3. Be located in a cleared spot: 
    • free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, 
    • including at least 25 feet away from any structure, and 
    • allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
  4. Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire, such as hand tools and a charged garden hose, or not less than two five-gallon buckets of water; and,
  5. No burning when winds exceed 5 MPH.

If you do not have a Residential / Recreational Burn Permit, you can obtain one from  Anderson Island Fire/Rescue, at 12207 Lake Josephine Blvd, in the kiosk box at the front of the fire station.


Questions? Please call Pierce County at Burn Ban Hotline (253) 798-7278 or refer to the County's Fire Prevention Bureau website for details:


Your safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation.