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King County Fire Marshal calls for burn ban starting Monday

A county-wide fire safety burn ban is declared by the King County Fire Marshal in coordination with the King County Fire Chiefs' Association. The ban is prompted by ground conditions and forecasts calling for continued dry weather.

The Phase 1 burn ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner's permission.

These fires must:

• Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds.

• Grow no larger than three feet across.

• Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches.

• Be attended at all times by an alert individual with immediate access to a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban.

For more information on local fire restrictions, the public can call 1-800-323-BURN or visit www.kingcounty.gov/property.

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