Vancouver Fire Marshal Issues Recreational Burning Ban – City of Vancouver, WA
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Vancouver Fire Marshal Issues Recreational Burning Ban – City of Vancouver, WA

Vancouver Fire Marshal Issues Recreational Burning Ban

July 8, 2024

Vancouver Fire Marshal Issues Recreational Burning Ban – City of Vancouver, WA

Due to extremely dry conditions, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli is issuing a total recreational burning ban effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, for the City of Vancouver. The recreational burning ban is based on weather conditions, moisture content in vegetation, and community fire safety needs. It will remain in effect through the summer/fall or until weather conditions and fire danger significantly improve. Violators may receive citations. An update will be provided once the recreational burning ban is lifted. These types of campfires are prohibited during the ban:

  • Recreational and party bonfires
  • Bonfires
  • Fires in outdoor fireplaces, hearths and chimney-type appliances

Outdoor cooking on gas or charcoal grills approved for this type of use is still allowed during the fire ban. Cooking and lighting fires in uncontrolled situations, such as campgrounds of unsheltered members of the public, is illegal under city ordinance and will be extinguished.

“The risk of fire is high, and state officials have said this year’s wildfire season could be challenging as noble fuels continue to harden,” said Vancouver Fire Department Chief Heidi Scarpelli. “It is important for everyone to be extra vigilant about fire safety during this time. In addition to not using recreational fires, we also ask that smokers never extinguish cigarettes in bark mulch or planters, or throw lit cigarettes out car windows.”

While the recreational burning ban remains in effect, all campfires will be illegal within city limits. Community members are encouraged to call 911 to report any fire activity so it can be quickly extinguished by the fire department. Violators of the recreational burning ban could be issued a fire citation and a $500 fine, which could include criminal penalties.

For more information on fire prevention and life safety, visit www.vanfire.org.

Contact with the media:
Heidi Scarpelli, Vancouver Firefighter, 360-833-3418, [email protected]