Monday, August 21, 2017

Recreational Fires


Recreational Fires are allowed in Pierce County Fire District #5 in a fire pit only after the following regulations have been followed. Due to the Washington State Clean Air Act revised in 1991, it is mandatory that recreational fires meet these requirements.

  1. Recreational fires are limited to burning of dry, seasoned wood or charcoal briquettes, with a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet in height, for the purpose of cooking, pleasure or religious ceremonies.
  2. Recreational fires shall be conducted in designated areas or on private property.
  3. A recreational fire conducted on a beach or off a bulkhead must be constructed at least 25 feet from any combustible structures.
  4. No garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, tires, plastic, paper products, plywood, finished lumber, or particleboard may be burned.
  5. No recreational fires shall be allowed during an air pollution episode, as directed by Puget Sound Clean Air.
  6. Flammable liquids or accelerants cannot be used to start any recreational fire.

Fire Location:

  • Recreational Fires must be 25 feet away from any structure.
  • Recreational fire pits shall be located not less than 10 feet from adjoining property lines, fences, or decks with no overhead branches.

Fire Construction:

  • Recreational fire pits must be in a metal or cement lined fire pit or a purchased outdoor fireplace.
  • The bottom of the pit may be of sand, or mineral earth.
  • The recreational fire pit shall not exceed 3 feet in diameter. The depth of the pit shall be a minimum of 4 inches and capable of containing all burned material (no limbs or brush should extend beyond the pit area).


  • Recreational fire pits shall be maintained in good condition at all times.
  • Fire extinguishing equipment such as buckets, shovels, or garden hoses shall be readily available for use at recreational fires.

  • Recreational fire pits shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of fire extinguishing equipment required by this section. An attendant shall supervise a recreational fire until such fire has been completely extinguished.


  • The fire department may require a recreational fire to be extinguished if the smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding property or if the fire is determined to constitute a hazardous condition

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Effective Saturday, July 15
8:00 AM until further notice.
More Info About this Ban
General Burn Ban Information

Committee Information

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One is considering the proposal of a General Fire Levy Lid-lift measure for the  November 7, 2017 General Election.  As such, we are seeking members for the “For” and “Against” Committees as required by RCW 29A.32.280. Interested parties should contact Executive Assistant Danette Weyn by July 28th at 5:00 PM.


Danette Weyn
10222 Bujacich Rd. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 851-3111

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