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Burn Pile Restrictions for Cle Elum, Easton Areas

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CLE ELUM, Wash. -  Kittitas County Firefighters say because of the unseasonable hot weather, they're limiting the allowed size of burn piles for outdoor burning for some parts of the county.

As of noon on Friday, May 10th, firefighters say burn piles should be no bigger than 4 feet in diameter for Fire District 3 (Easton) and Fire District 7 (Cle Elum).

Firefighters say the rest of the county should maintain the following burning regulations:

1. The burning of garbage, trash, rubbish, or utilization of burn barrels, etc. is illegal; 

2.  No open burning within 50 feet of any structure or combustible material;

3. Pile size shall be no greater than 10 feet in diameter, unless prior approval to increase pile size is obtained from the Fire Marshal and fire district; 

4. No more than one pile may be burned on any property at the same time; 

5. Piles may be stored on a property no longer than twelve months;

6. Conditions that may cause the fire to spread shall be eliminated prior to ignition; 

7. No open burning shall occur when wind speeds or gusts exceed 10 mph, unless prior approval is obtained by the Fire Marshal and local fire district: 

8. A person capable of utilizing fire extinguishing equipment such as buckets, shovels, garden hoses connected to a charge water supply, fire extinguishers, heavy equipment, etc., shall be on site at all times; and 

9. Fire extinguishing equipment such as buckets, shovels, garden hoses connected to a charged water supply, fire extinguishers, heavy equipment or any equipment that will provide suppression of the proposed fire, shall be on site at all times while the fire is burning.

If you're planning to hold agricultural or non-silvicultural burning, you do need to call the Washington State Department of Ecology.  

For Central Washington call (509) 575-2490 and for Eastern Washington call (509) 329-3400, or you can visit Ecology's website at www.ecy.wa.gov .

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