With the fire danger beginning to wane and the return of sustained rainfall and precipitation, San Juan County’s fire services are preparing to change the fire risk from “Moderate” to “Low”.
With the risk of a damaging wildland fire diminishing, burn permits will be available beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1.
“Residential” permits allow for a fire up to 10 feet in diameter; the fee is $15. Permits will be valid through June, 2014.
State law prohibits the use of burn barrels, and fires kindled with a permit may only burn natural, untreated wood.
Beginning Oct. 1st, burn permits may be obtained in person from the fire districts on Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw Islands. Permits will also be available on line at the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Web site: www.sjcfiremarshal.org.
The San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office is a cooperative effort of the fire districts on Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw Islands, along with San Juan County. For more information is available at www.sjcfiremarshal.org and www.dnr.wa.gov.