Residential and land clearing burning was banned in all urban growth areas (UGAs) in the state of Washington beginning January 1, 2007, under RCW 70.94.743(1).
In 2006 Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) notified residents and fire protection agencies about that law in the 17 known UGAs within our jurisdiction. However, the Irondale/Port Hadlock area’s UGA designation was unknown to ORCAA at that time.
ORCAA only recently learned that the Irondale/Port Hadlock area is designated as an Urban Growth Area. ORCAA endeavors to uphold the state clean air laws to the best of its ability to ensure clean air quality for all its residents. Toward that end, residents of the Irondale/Port Hadlock UGA are being informed that ORCAA will work closely with the East Jefferson Fire Rescue unit to enforce the state clean air laws governing burning within a UGA.
We ask that you obey the law and be considerate and respectful of the community’s right to breathe clean air. Violation of burn ban regulations may result in enforcement action and the issuance of a civil penalty.
Maps of the no-burn areas and information regarding alternatives to outdoor burning can be found on ORCAA’s website. ORCAA encourages everyone to use this as an opportunity to explore safe, reasonable alternatives to outdoor burning. Alternatives include:
- Use a mulching mower to reduce or eliminate grass clippings.
- Chip and/or compost your yard and garden debris.
- Haul your yard and garden debris to a community composting facility
Residents should also be aware that burning any form of garbage – including paper –is prohibited at all times by state law. Burn barrels are also illegal everywhere in Washington state.
Current burn ban status can be found at: WaBurnBans.net or www.orcaa.org
The Clallam County Fire Marshall has upgraded their county-wide Burn Ban to include a prohibition on recreational fires anywhere in the county except within the Olympic National Park and other controlled campgrounds.
This change is effective immediately (Aug. 15). The decision was made due to the upgrade to “Moderate,” based on the Department of Natural Resources findings, and in conjunction with the Clallam County Fire Chief’s Association.
While a Burn Ban is in effect, any illegal burning will result with the property owner being liable for all fire suppressant costs, fines and fees, including prosecution.
Maintaining a 30-foot defensible space around structures will help aid fire fighters, by creating a green zone of protection around your personal property.
For more information concerning Defensible Space, look under Burning Restrictions, on the County’s website www.clallam.net
The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) firmly believes in its motto, “Clean Air is Everyone’s Business.” As such, ORCAA seeks to keep everyone within our jurisdiction well informed about the actions—and proposed actions—we take.
Public comment is currently being accepted on a draft Air Operating Permit (AOP) renewal for for Simpson Lumber Company, LLC (Simpson) located in Shelton, Washington, pursuant to Title V of the federal Clean Air Act and Chapter 173-401 of the Washington Administrative Code. This is a draft of the AOP renewal that will be in effect for five years. This will be the second renewal of the AOP for Simpson’s lumber mill in Shelton.
In response to requests from the public, a formal Public Hearing has been scheduled to allow ORCAA staff to hear testimony on this renewal of the AOP. The hearing is slated for:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Shelton Civic Center
525 West Cota Street
Shelton, WA 98584
Copies of the draft AOP Renewal and the associated Technical Support Document (TSD) for Simpson are on file and available for review at the Shelton branch of the Timberland Public Library located at 710 W Alder Street in Shelton, and at ORCAA’s office in Olympia. The draft AOP and TSD are also available online here.
Comments may be submitted to ORCAA in writing. Written comments should be addressed to: ORCAA, 2940-B Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502, and will be accepted up to close of the public hearing. Comments should pertain to adequacy of the draft AOP in assuring compliance with applicable air quality regulations and standards.