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  • Dry and Hot: King County Stage 1 Burn Ban

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By John Cornelison on 2/7/2024 7:39 AM
Study by DNR geophysicist suggests hazardous Seattle Fault Zone developed as the edge of the continent split more than 50 million years ago  

Figure 2The Seattle fault zone is a network of shallow faults slicing through the lowlands of Puget Sound, threatening to create damaging earthquakes for the more than four million people who live there. A new origin story, proposed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources geophysicist Megan Anderson and others in a new study, could explain the fault system’s earliest...
By John Cornelison on 6/6/2023 8:46 AM
King County Fires, has lots of info, and I came across their Data Visualization page, and found their summary of fire reporting for the state of Washington was interesting:

131,646 fires in Washington State were reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) between 2015 & 2019, over 26 thousand fires a year, or some 72/day. 32,566 were from King County, or 6.5K/year: almost 18/day. WA Fires 2015-2019 by Type

By John Cornelison on 5/31/2023 8:53 PM
Effective Thursday June 1st at 0800hrs the King County Fire Chief’s Association, King County Fire Marshals Association and the King County Fire Marshal are implementing a STAGE 1 (burn restrictions) Ban.  This ban specifically relates to yard debris/residential burning.

In response to the increased Fuel Energy Release Rates (ERC), decreased 100-hour fuel moisture content (F100), and anticipated warmer weather conditions the King County Fire Chiefs and the King County Fire Marshals, collectively are implementing a STAGE 1 Burn Ban (burn restrictions).  Recreational Fires, Gas/propane appliances, including grills, pellet smokers and charcoal grills are still permitted.

The King County Fire Chiefs, Fire Marshals and local jurisdictions encourage all residents to burn according to their local jurisdictions requirements and maintain a fire safe environment.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Fire Department.

Approved Recreational Burn Requirements: *note some jurisdictions...
By John Cornelison on 5/24/2023 10:30 AM
Are you Wildfire Ready? JwildfireClassoin VIFR this evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Farcy training center for a wildfire preparedness class. The class will be taught by Mike Lasecki from King Conservation District. Mike will cover the following topics;

· Wildfire behavior and risk in Western Washington State

· How to identify and understand wildfire risk on Vashon Island and on your property

· How to mitigate wildfire risk on your property and in your neighborhood

· Free services and financial support available from King Conservation District and WA DNR to help residents mitigate their wildfire risk

Visit the following link to register for the class: