Fire Marshal issues a total burn ban on unincorporated Lewis County

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CHEHALIS – Burn restrictions have been expanded for all of unincorporated Lewis County, effective immediately.

Lewis County Fire Marshal Doyle Sanford said the expanded burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, which includes recreational fires. Until modified by the Lewis County Commissioners or the Lewis County Fire Marshal, only liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted. This decision was made due to the continued, and in some parts of unincorporated Lewis County, worsening dry season conditions.

The Lewis County Fire Marshal, in coordination with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Lewis County fire district fire chiefs strongly urges all county residents and property owners to be attentive to the conditions of their properties through proactive fire prevention measures.

“While the Board of County Commissioners and I recognize that this decision may alter recreational plans, the decision to expand the burn restriction to a total burn ban reflects the county’s priority of public safety and the protection of personnel as well as property,” Fire Marshal Doyle Sanford said.

The total burn ban, will remain in effect until further notice.

For further information concerning outdoor burning and/or the restrictions being imposed, please contact Doyle Sanford, Lewis County Fire Marshal, at (360)740-2696. The Fire Marshal’s office is in the Lewis County Public Services building, located at 2025 NE Kresky Ave. in Chehalis.

Posted: August 14, 2023