Snohomish County fire restrictions eased with rainy forecast

The outdoor burn ban will be lifted in unincorporated Snohomish County. And campfires are back.

As summer turns into fall, and with rain in the forecast, authorities are easing fire restrictions.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal announced the burn ban will be lifted for all of unincorporated Snohomish County, effective 8 a.m. Saturday.

That means those with residential burn permits for yard debris can now have controlled fires. Burn piles must not exceed 4 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet. Recreational fires are allowed in approved fire pits without a permit, assuming the pit is made of something that can’t catch fire, such as concrete or metal. Those fires can’t be greater than 3 feet in diameter and must be less than 2 feet high. They should be about 15 feet away from any structures, and water should be immediately available.

People who live in a city should check with their local fire department for any burn restrictions.

Campers hoping to roast some marshmallows can rejoice, too: the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service announced on Thursday that the campfire ban is lifted on all lands and campgrounds within Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Moderate to heavy rains should arrive starting Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Rivers should rise, but flooding is not expected. Mountaintops should get their first dusting of snow, at 6,000 feet and above. And there is potential for isolated thunderstorms.

For the latest updates, contact Snohomish County’s Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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