County wide burn ban effective June 1, 2015

County wide burn ban effective June 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015.

Kl Co Burn Ban Res 07715 adopted 052615  (download PDF file 123 KB)

The following is from the original PDF converted to MS Word, and some of the text may have been converted inaccurately.  Please refer to the original PDF for the exact resolution.


Klickitat County, Washington






WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners, meeting in regular session, and having before it the need to establish outdoor burning restrictions within  the unincorporated areas of Klickitat County; and

WHEREAS, Klickitat County Code Chapter 8.24 (Ordinance  #041 194)  adopted April 11, 1994, provides a procedure for regulating outdoor burning (“outdoor burning” means combustion of any type in an open fire or open container) within  the unincorporated areas of Klickitat County which allows flexibility and coordination between the various fire authorities; and

WHEREAS, the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners  (“Board”)  is the primary fire control authority in those areas of Klickitat County outside the corporate limits of any city or town; the boundaries of any fire district, the jurisdiction of the Yakama Indian Nation; and the jurisdiction  of the Washington  State Parks and Recreation Commission; and

WHEREAS, the Board may, by resolution, restrict outdoor burning in the areas of its primary authority in any manner the Board, in its sound discretion, determines reasonable; and

WHEREAS, the Board is the secondary fire control authority in all areas of Klickitat County outside the corporate limits of any city or town where the Board is not the primary authority. In any secondary authority area where the Board finds that the publ ic safety  is threatened by unrestricted outdoor burning and the primary authority in that area has not restricted burning or where the primary  authority has requested that the Board act, the Board may restrict outdoor burning in any manner the Board, in its sound discretion, determines reasonable; and

WHEREAS, due to the potential for extreme drought conditions,  fire hazards, increased fuel loads and the potential for lack of sufficient precipitation the  various  fire districts through the Klickitat County Interagency Fire Association have requested that  an outdoor burn ban be adopted within the unincorporated areas of Klickitat County to be in effect from June 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the  Board  of  County Commissioners of Klickitat County hereby places into effect a ban on outdoor burning outside the corporate  limits of any city or town; the jurisdiction of the Yakama Indian Nation; and the jurisdiction of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and prohibiting the issuance of burning permits except  for authorized  agricultural  burning.  Attended  camp fires will be allowed in the Mt. Adams Guler County Park in Trout Lake, Washington within the designated 8 foot cleared area with steel fire rings (rock rings are not allowed), however, the County and/or the Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to ban at any time all campfires  within  the  Park  during  periods  of  extreme  fire  danger  or  during  Industrial  Fire

Resolution # (‘.) ? 7-1 S

Precaution Level. Residential barbecues will be allowed. At the discretion of the Fire Chief, Fire Protection Districts are exempt from this ban for the purposes of live fire training activities. Said burn ban shall be in full force and effect from June 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015 . The public is directed to check with the appropriate authorities concerning burning restrictions within the corporate limits of any city or town.

DATED this 26th day of May, 2015.

Presentation on Fire and Forests to Spark Community Conversation


Download pdf flyer-1.44 MB:  Fire and Forests_GD_WS_ST_FINAL flyer_2014 09

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and the Washington Humanities invite the community to join Fire Ecology Photographer, John Marshall for an engaging conversation at area libraries about the past philosophies and future policies of forest fire management east of the Cascade Divide.  The program will include stunning images from Marshall’s extensive photograph landscape study.  The programs are scheduled on three consecutive evenings as follows:  Goldendale library on Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.; White Salmon library on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. and Stevenson library on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Lightning strikes and Native Americans historically ignited many small fires, resulting in open forests with a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats.  As Europeans settled the area, many began to argue for the vigilant prevention of wildfires.  For half a century, the U.S. Forest Service battled all fires and invented Smokey the Bear, a character that spread the discredited notion that all fire is bad.  Now fires are larger and hotter as forests have grown into living tinderboxes.  All of Eastern Washington’s vulnerable forests will inevitably burn.  The question for us is: How do we want them to burn?

In 1994, John Marshal began an extensive photographic landscape study to follow what happens to forests following fires, an endeavor that continues today.  Marshall’s interest in forest fires began in childhood while picking huckleberries at old burn sites on Mt. Hood.  The son of a wildlife biologist, he came to understand at an early age that wildfires were important to wildlife in the same era Smokey the Bear was telling the public that fires were bad.  Marshall has a Bachelor’s in Fishery Science from Oregon State University and a Master’s in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho.  He began his career as a photographer with the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, which he photographed for National Geographic magazine.  His recent work having to do with fire ecology is supported by the U.S. Forest Service.  Marshall currently lives in Wenatchee.  For more information about this and other library programs, services and resources call the library (509) 493-1132.  For more information about Humanities Washington programs events


Stage 1 burn ban called for 15 counties in Central and Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, and ending at 10 a.m. Nov. 18. The burn ban includes Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, KLICKITAT, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Walla Walla counties.

Cool, stagnant air conditions are forecast in the region, putting the counties at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.

Under a Stage 1 ban all outdoor burning and use of uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited, including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Prohibited outdoor burning includes residential, agricultural and forest burning. Certified wood-burning devices and pellet stoves are allowed.

Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction.

Chuck Virts, Chief
Klickitat County Fire District 3
PO Box 151
Husum, WA 98623


The Fire Commissioners of Klickitat County Fire District 3 will hold a special meeting on  November 17th 2014 at 6:30 pm, in the Husum Fire Hall Sta. 31, 200 Husum Street, Husum WA. 98623.
The purpose of the meeting is to approve the budget for 2015.