In accordance with the state Department of Natural Resources, the Grays Harbor County Fire Marshal and the Montesano and Elma fire departments are enacting a statewide burn ban effective immediately and through Sept. 30.
All residential burning, along with land clearing and forest practice burning is prohibited.
Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county and state parks and commercial campgrounds.
On private land, campfires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in the following approved manner:
• The campfire shall be no greater than 3 feet in diameter and constructed of a ring of metal, stone or brick 8 inches above ground 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 five-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.