The residential recreational burn ban is lifted in unincorporated Clark County effective at 12:01 am Saturday, Sept. 23 due to cooler temperatures and forecast.
Under the modified ban, burning yard debris and material from land clearing will continue to be prohibited until at least Oct. 1, if not longer, depending on fire conditions.
Beginning Saturday morning for the unincorporated county areas, recreational fires will be allowed in approved fire pits.
The Vancouver Fire Marshal has also lifed the ban on recreational burning.
These types of fires are once again allowed in the city limits of Vancouver:
- Recreational fires on your property in approved fire pits not larger than 3 feet in diameter or 2 feet in height.
- Fires in outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and chimney-type devices
Burn barrels have always been illegal in both Clark County and the City of Vancouver. And even though the recreational burn ban has been lifted, the County still has a number of regulations:
- Fires must be built in metal, rock or masonry-lined pits, such as those in established campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores.
- Fires cannot exceed three feet in diameter and two feet in height.
- Fires must be at least 25 feet from structures or combustible materials and have at least 20 feet of overhead clearance from tree limbs, patio covers and carports.
- Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person, at least 16 years old, who can extinguish the fire using a shovel and at least five gallons of water in one or more containers or a connected hose with the water turned on.
- Fires must be extinguished by pouring water or shoveling moist soil onto flames and coals and stirring until all areas are cool to the touch.