More-strict burn ban begins July 12 in Kitsap County

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal is implementing a Stage 2 burn ban beginning July 12.

“Kitsap County is about a month ahead of fire conditions we normally see during this time of year due to a drier than normal spring,” said David Lynam, the fire marshal. “Weather predictions call for normal or below precipitation and above normal temperatures over the next couple of months.”

All outdoor burning, including recreational fire, is prohibited. The ban includes recreational fires in the open – like those on beaches or bonfire locations; improved firepits in yards, parks or camping areas;and backyard or other outdoor fireplaces.

Burning permits are suspended. Also banned is the use of charcoal or charcoal briquettes unless the use involves a barbecue or other appliances specific for the purpose and occurs over a non-combustible surface like concrete.

Lynam said he expects the ban to continue until fall.