Peninsula burn bans modified in time for Labor Day to greenlight campfires

Both counties followed the lead of the state Department of Natural Resources, which reduced campfire restrictions on state lands west of the Cascade Mountains on Thursday.

PORT ANGELES — Get out the grills.

Both Clallam and Jefferson counties have downgraded their burn bans to allow campfires in established fire rings on private property and in campgrounds.

Annette Warren, Clallam County fire marshal, and Bill Beezley, spokesman for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue, announced the change Thursday, just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

“This decision was made based on recommendations of the local fire districts as weather conditions have slightly eased the fire danger in Western Washington,” Warren said in a news release.

The summer burn ban will remain in effect until further notice, she said.

Campfires and charcoal briquettes are now allowed, but the regular summer burn ban — which bans burning yard debris — is still in effect and will likely last until Sept. 30, Beezley said.

Complete burn bans — which prohibit any kind of outdoor burning, including campfires and grilling with charcoal — were instituted across the North Olympic Peninsula on Aug. 18, when the state Department of Natural Resources raised the fire risk in the region from moderate to high.

Fire danger remained high in Clallam and Jefferson counties Thursday, according to the state Department of Natural Resources burn risk map at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger.

Both counties followed the lead of the state Department of Natural Resources, which reduced campfire restrictions on state lands west of the Cascade Mountains on Thursday.

The campfire prohibition continues on DNR-protected lands across Eastern Washington.

The statewide ban on other outdoor burning, such as debris burning, also continues.

“With this wetter weather in Western Washington, easing the burn ban in time to permit campfires over Labor Day weekend is the right thing to do,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who oversees DNR.

“There is still significant fire risk on the east side of the Cascades, however, so we can’t permit campfires there,” Goldmark said.

“We ask the public to help firefighters by observing the burn ban, with this exception for west-side campfires in approved firepits.”

More in News

A Jefferson County Search and Rescue team waits at a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office command post as plans are developed to access the site of a plane crash on Wednesday southwest of Gardiner. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Small aircraft goes down near Gardiner

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies located a crash site of a… Continue reading

Agencies support Dash Air

Kenmore Air filed complaint to USDOT

Public comment on the purchase of 17 acres adjacent to Hoko River State Park is now open.
Purchase near Hoko River open for public comment

Seventeen acres near state park

Injured hiker rescued from Cape Johnson

The Coast Guard rescued an injured hiker from the beach… Continue reading

Three members of an orca family swim off the east shore of the National Wildlife Reserve on Protection Island near Port Townsend on Monday. Southern Resident orcas have only 74 members and are listed as an endangered species. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Southern Residents spotted

Three members of an orca family swim off the east shore of… Continue reading

Applicants sought for project grants

The Ben and Myrtle Walkling Memorial Trust is currently… Continue reading

Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group

Access from River Road to West Silberhorn Road was closed for several hours Monday after a cyclist died after being struck by a garbage truck.
Sequim man dies after he was hit by garbage truck

A Sequim man has died after he was struck by… Continue reading

Eleanor Stopps award nominations sought

Nominations for the 2022 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award… Continue reading

Most Read