Effective Monday, October 2, Fire Marshal Chris Drone announced the suspension of the recreational burn ban in the City of Battle Ground. The ban, originally declared on August 13, restricted the use of recreational burning including campfires, fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices, and charcoal outdoor cooking.
With the recent rainfall and cooler temperatures in the forecast ahead, the risk of wildfire danger has dropped significantly within the city and the surrounding areas. Nevertheless, there is always potential for fires to grow out of control. Residents are urged to exercise caution when burning outdoors and obey all fire regulations follow some simple safety tips:
- Recreational fires shall not be more than 3 feet wide or exceed 2 feet tall and remain a minimum distance of 25 feet away from structures or combustible materials.
- Only firewood or charcoal may be used in a recreational fire.
- Burning of trash is prohibited.
- Ensure that a mesh screen is in place to prevent ash and/or embers from escaping.
- Keep a bucket of water or a charged garden hose nearby and ready.
- The use of burn barrels is strictly prohibited.
- Portable outdoor fireplaces are required to be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
- Residential burning and land clearing burning of vegetation, yard debris, or branches is prohibited within the Battle Ground city limits.
As we transition to colder weather, now is the time to check furnaces, stoves, and chimneys to ensure that they are clear and clean for safe use. Additional tips for maintain a fire-safe home this fall and winter are available on the City’s website at www.cityofbg.org/heating-fire-safety.
For those residing outside of the Battle Ground city limits, please contact the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office at 360-397-2186 for permitted burning rules and regulations in your area.