Shoreline Fire: Fire Danger and Extreme Heat

Monday, June 29, 2015

From Shoreline Fire

With the statewide drought declared by Governor Inslee, the burn ban issued by the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for DNR-protected lands, the current dry conditions, and the recent high temperatures, there is concern about rising fire danger and the well-being of citizens. You are encouraged to be proactive in planning to stay safe in the heat and take appropriate measures to protect your health and homes.

Burn Bans
There are two different types of burn bans: Fire Safety and Air Quality. Air quality burn bans are issued and enforced by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency when air pollution levels rise to unhealthy levels, typically in colder fall and winter months. Fire Safety Burn Bans are issued when dryer weather conditions heighten the risk of wildfires. Washington State Fire Departments post fire burn bans. The Shoreline Fire Department issues permits for recreational outdoor / camp fires within city limits. During extreme heat and when fire danger is high, we will not issue these permits. Burning trash, garbage and yard debris is never allowed in Shoreline. Contact the Shoreline Fire Marshal’s Office at 206-533-6565 for more information.

Extreme Heat
Weather advisories and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. The NWS cautions that during times of extreme heat, you should drink plenty of water, stay hydrated, and be in an air conditioned area, especially if you are susceptible to the heat. As temperatures in inside parked cars can rise very quickly to deadly levels, children and pets should never be left in one.

Fireworks Ban in Shoreline
The City’s year-round fireworks ban prohibits the possession, sale and discharge of consumer fireworks.

Reporting violations
If you observe a fireworks emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you want to report fireworks being discharged near your property or in a public park or if you observe fireworks sales within city limits, please contact the NORCOM Dispatch Center at 425-557-5656. Fireworks complaint calls to NORCOM will be prioritized among all other calls for service.

Fireworks and pets
Protect your pets over the July 4th weekend. Keep them secured indoors. Loud noises may cause your pet to stray. Please ensure they have two forms of identification (e.g. King County pet license, name tag, microchip) as this will help reunite pets with their owners.  If you are looking for your lost pet, visit the Missing Pet Partnership website for advice and assistance, or call Regional Animal Services – King County (RASKC) at 206-296-3936 or PAWS 425.787.2500  for help.

Fire safety reminder
With warmer and dryer weather, the Shoreline Fire Department encourages you to help prevent fires. Use caution with any open flame (e.g. barbecue grills, tiki torches, fire pits) and never leave an open flame unattended.  Never grill inside. Properly dispose of cigarette butts. Use power equipment safely in dry grass.


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