On Oct. 6 at 12:01 a.m., the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners and Lewis County Fire Marshal modified the ban on recreational fires for all of unincorporated Lewis County.
Starting on Oct. 16 at 12:01 a.m., the current ban on open burning for Lewis County. For further information visit burnpermit.lewiscountywa.gov.
After careful review of the current and extended weather forecast, the Lewis County Community Development Director and the Fire Marshal, in conjunction with the Lewis County Fire Chiefs Association, have determined that weather conditions within Lewis County have improved and will modify the burn restriction to allow recreational campfires in designated campgrounds and on private lands if built in the following manner:
• The campfire shall be no greater than 3-feet in diameter and have a ring constructed of metal, stone, or brick 8-inches above the surface with a 2-foot wide area cleared down to exposed soil surrounding the outside of the pit.
• The campfire shall have an area at least 10-feet around it cleared of all flammable material and at least 20-feet of clearance from overhead flammable materials or fuels.
• The campfire must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16-years old with the ability to extinguish the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.
• Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
The Lewis County Fire Marshal, in coordination with the Chiefs of local fire districts strongly urge all county residents and visitors to be attentive to the conditions of their properties through proactive fire prevention measures.
For further information concerning outdoor burning and/or the restrictions being imposed, please contact Doyle Sanford, Lewis County Fire Marshal, at (360) 740-2696. The Fire Marshal's office is in the Lewis County Public Services building, located at 2025 NE Kresky Avenue, Chehalis.