Dry Fire Conditions Prompt Burn Ban; CIFR Emphasizes Safe Use of Fireworks – June 22, 2015

The statewide drought emergency declared in May has increased the risk of fire danger on Camano Island as it has across our region. While the current fire danger level remains at Moderate according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the National Interagency Fire Center is predicting above normal significant fire potential for the summer.

Due to this increased risk, the Island County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Modified Burn Ban effective June 23rd, 2015 (see attached). No outdoor burning of natural debris is allowed, even with a permit. Recreational / cooking fires are allowed only in approved pits lined with concrete or metal. More outdoor burning information can be found by calling Island County at 360-629-4522 ext. 7350,

With the 4th of July holiday approaching, CIFR officials are increasingly concerned over fireworks and fire safety. “The District encourages all citizens to enjoy a safe and fun Independence Day holiday” said CIFR Chief Michael Schick. “We want to ensure everyone is both diligent and responsible in their celebration” he added.

Only Consumer Grade, Class C, Common Fireworks are allowed and many fireworks purchased on tribal lands are not legal to discharge outside of those jurisdictions (see attached). “When discharging fireworks, be acutely aware of your surroundings and the local weather conditions” advises CIFR Assistant Chief Craig Helgeland.

Other fireworks safety tips include:

  • Do not handle or touch homebrew firework devices
  • Be considerate of your neighbors and pets
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix
  • Never attempt to relight a dud firework
  • Wear safety glasses or goggles
  • Children with fireworks must have adult supervision
  • Maintain a fire extinguisher, garden hose, and / or bucket of water nearby
  • Call 911 immediately if fire conditions are discovered