With Spring just around the corner and day light saving time in full force it won’t be long before we start spending a lot of time outdoors. We will be gardening, BBQ’ing and for some the ever popular “fire-pitting”. Grab some friends, family or neighbors throw some logs in a pit and sit around the glow of the flame sipping your drink of choice in your very own backyard.
The fire-pit is a phenomenon. You can build one yourself, get a plan at a local lumber yard or buy one that is pre-made from Lowe’s. This morning Lowe’s Facebook page posted a link to their Pinterest Pin on their Outside Your Home board showing how to build your own fire-pit. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/101190322851812588/
Do you know if your fire-pit is legal? Where do you live? If you live in Kitsap County you are probably OK. I looked up Outdoor burning information from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue – http://skfr.org/public-info/outdoor-burning-info-2 which was a little confusing so I made the call to verify the information. In Kitsap County the homeowner fire-pit falls under this category.
RECREATIONAL OUTDOOR FIRES (3′Lx3′Wx2′H)
No permit required.Permissible countywide.
Burn pile must be less than 3′Lx3′Wx2′H in a designated fire pit that is situated 25′ away from any structures.
Burn ONLY dry seasoned firewood or charcoal.
However, if you live in an incorporated city limits like The City of Port Orchard or The City of Bremerton it is NOT legal for you to have a fire-pit. Yep, you read that right NOT LEGAL. Are they going to enforce this – maybe. All depends. If someone sees your fire-pit and knows that its illegal they can call the authorities and the authorities will come out. I know that I can’t have a fire-pit as I live in The City of Bremerton city limits. I have neighbors that would call and “turn me in” just because they are “those” kinds of neighbors. (I have a fence permit to prove it ) So, be aware of your rights when it comes to your back-yard fire-pit. Call the authorities if you have any questions! Here is the link to the “Burn Ban Map”