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Outdoor Burn Ban Begins Thursday

posted Jul 29, 2020, 2:02 PM by Ramona Wheeler   [ updated Jul 29, 2020, 2:07 PM ]

Pierce County Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared a county-wide burn ban, beginning July 30, 2020.




Due to current and predicted dry weather conditions, this burn ban applies to all yard debris outdoor burning and will remain in effective until further notice.


The current burn ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues are allowed under the ban.


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 feet in diameter;
  3. Be located in a clear 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 for details:

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