Lewis County Lifts Recreational Burn Ban Effective Friday

By The Chronicle

A ban on all fires in Lewis County will be amended Friday to once again allow recreational burning in unincorporated areas.

The Lewis County Community Development department issued a news release on the changes Thursday morning.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, recreational fires will be allowed. Then starting 12:01 a.m. Oct. 16, the burn ban will be entirely lifted to allow open burning in unincorporated areas.

“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 the weather conditions within Lewis County have improved,” according to the release.

Campfires no greater than 3 feet in diameter with a metal, stone or brick ring, with a 10-foot radius cleared of flammable material and 20 feet of clearance from above will be allowed.

Campfires must be attended at all times by a person at least 16-years old and a shovel and water should be close by. Fires should be extinguished completely with water or moist soil.

“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,” according to the Community Development department.

For more information, contact Lewis County Fire Marshal Doyle Sanford at 360-740-2696.

The state Department of National Resources currently lists Lewis County’s fire danger as low. Recreational fires are now allowed without a permit on DNR-managed land. Permits are required for burning of debris piles larger than 4 feet in diameter.