Burn Ban Info

Chelan Fire 7

Burn Ban Information

BURN BAN – June 1, 2021 – October 1, 2021

July 19, 2021 

Chelan County 

Extreme fire restrictions are now in place throughout Chelan County.
Chelan County commissioners today raised the fire hazard level to “extreme” – the highest level of restriction allowed by county code. The fire hazard level was set to extreme in both the Valley and Chelan Mountain zones.

Extreme Fire Hazard_July 19 2021

Res 2021-90 Extreme Fire Hazard 07-19-2021 (1)

June 29, 2021 

Chelan County 

Chelan Mountain Very High Hazards / Valley Very High Hazards Travel and Activity Restrictions:  

Res 2021-82 Very High Hazards

Area Activity Restrictions include:

No outdoor fires and/or outdoor open flame devices, except as allowed by written permit or approval from the appropriate fire protection agency. Permits are not required for use of the following: (1) commercially made listed/labeled barbeque devices located and used at a residence: and (2) stoves or fireplace fires completely contained within a residence.

All unincorporated areas of Chelan County in the Valley Zone and Chelan Mountain Zones are designated as VERY HIGH fire hazards areas; See Resolution 2021-82 for list of Road affected by Travel Restrictions.

Chelan County commissioners raise fire hazard level to ‘very high’

Chelan County commissioners today passed a resolution raising the fire hazard level to “Very High” in both the Valley Zone and the Chelan Mountain Zone. The resolution goes into effect on Tuesday, June 29.

A map showing the Valley Zone and the Chelan Mountain Zone is posted on the Fire Prevention and Investigations webpage: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/fire-prevention-and-investigation. There are four fire hazard levels in Chelan County: moderate, high, very high and extreme.

With the raising of the fire hazard level, Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb reminds the public that all citizens must play a role in preventing wildfires.

“We are in the midst of a heatwave, with record-setting temperatures forecast for our area,” Plumb said. “I’d like to not only remind local people that recreational fireworks are not allowed in Chelan County but also ask that visitors to central Washington this holiday weekend leave the fireworks at home. Conditions are too ripe for wildfires.”

Since June 1, open burning has been closed throughout the unincorporated portions of Chelan County. This includes natural vegetation and yard debris. Other restrictions include:

  • Attended recreational campfires are not allowed at any location without the approval of the fire chief of the local fire district. This includes recreational campfires at private residences and hosted campgrounds.
  • Campfires at dispersed camping sites are not allowed.
  • Recreational fireworks are not allowed in Chelan County. The public is encouraged to watch a permitted, public fireworks display in Chelan County over the Fourth of July weekend.
  • No household trash or garbage shall be burned outdoors at residences at any time.
  • Burn barrels are illegal and are not permitted.

Res 2021-77 Moderate Fire Hazards Restrictions 06-22-2021

Burn PSA 6-21-21

Resolution 2021-70  Moderate Fire Hazard

05-28-2021 Chelan County Fire Marshal Burn Ban information 

WA Department of Natural Resources

July 1, 2021

07-01-2021 COMMISSIONERS ORDER

https://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions

US National Forest Service – Okanogan/Wenatchee

July 1, 2021

Burn Ban information:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen/

No Campfires: see website link above for more information

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October – May / Burning information

No debris burning inside city and urban growth areas.

  • Burning pile of natural debris must only be 4x4x4. One person must be at burn site at all times.
  • Fire must be extinguished by dusk.
  • Burning yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings is allowed.
  • Burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation is allowed.
  • Residents may have campfires so long as the fire is in an approved pit or area.
  • Portable fireplaces are allowed so long as they’re on noncombustible surfaces and burn only natural wood products.
  • No Burning in City Limits or in the urban growth area.
  • Orchard burning of limbs, trees and branches is allowed.
  • Orchard removal of trees to clear land for development call Department of Ecology for a permit 1-509-575-2490.
  • For Agricultural burns, U.S. Forest burns and burns that are  permitted by D.O.E. call Department of Ecology to confirm it is a burn day 1-800-406-5322 recording prompts #1 and #2.
  • For residential natural vegetation burns check the D.O.E website for current burn information and air stagnation notifications.
  • No burning of debris in a barrel.
  • Always call the Fire Department 509-682-4476 to notify us of the location you are burning at.

Prohibited when the BURN BAN is in effect June through September:

  • Burning yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings is prohibited.
  • Burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation is prohibited.
  • Residents may still have campfires so long as the fire is in an approved pit or area.
  • Restricted open flame devices, meaning using devices liable to start a fire in moderate fire hazard areas
  • Portable fireplaces are allowed so long as they’re on noncombustible surfaces and burn only natural wood products.
  • Moderate travel restrictions are also in effect, meaning motorists can’t operate vehicles off the roadway.

For more information call us at 509-682-4476

Chelan County Code: Fire Hazard code chp7.52

The link below will provide WAC 173-425-050 which is in regards to Other prohibitions/requirements that apply to all outdoor burning.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-425-050

Washington State Department of Ecology: www.ecy.wa.gov/

Washington State Department of Natural Resources:  http://www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning