Clark County Fire Marshal extends temporary cremation ban to April 27th

Date: Thursday April 22, 2021

Clark County, together with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Skamania, Cowlitz, Pacific, Lewis and Wahkiakum counties, supports this fire ban

VANCOUVER – Clark County Fireman Dan Young has extended a temporary incineration ban that went into effect on April 16 at 12:01 am and ends on April 27 at 12:01 am. Clark County joins the Washington State Department on natural resources and Skamania, Cowlitz, Pacific, Lewis and Wahkiakum counties in extending this fire ban.

The ban on burning applies to burning foreign objects in the open air.

To help prevent grass fires, Clark County Fire Marshal Dan Young has extended his current temporary cremation ban until 12:01 am on April 27th

The firefighter also revokes all burning permits issued before the ban. Permits can be reissued or renewed if the ban is lifted. The incineration restrictions do not apply to federally administered areas.

“I’m extending the burn ban to make sure we get the forecast rain this weekend to help with the unusually dry conditions now,” said Young.

Woodland recreational campfires are only permitted in upgraded fire pits on designated campsites such as commercial campsites and local, county, and state parks. Recreational fires are allowed on private land if they are built in accordance with the following regulations:

  • Recreational fires must take place in a fireplace lined with metal, stone or masonry, e.g. B. on improved campsites or in home and garden stores.
  • The size cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • Fires must be at least 25 feet from structure or other combustible material and at least 20 feet away from overhead fuels such as tree branches, decking, or carports.
  • Fires must be monitored at all times by a responsible person aged 16 and over who has the ability and tools to extinguish the fire. Tools include a shovel and either 5 gallons of water or an attached and loaded water hose.
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces, also known as patio fireplaces, designed to burn solid wood, must not operate within 15 feet of any structure or combustible material and must always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Extinguish recreational fires completely by covering them with water or damp soil and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch.
  • Self-contained storage ovens are a safe and easy alternative to campfires.

Young urges the county residents to help prevent forest fires by creating a “defensible space” around their homes. For more information on forest fire prevention, visit the county website at

For more information, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (564) 397-2186 or the county website at

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.