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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
Kittitas County, WA -
Kittitas County is currently experiencing dry conditions which elevates the risk of wildland fires. In the interest of public safety, starting at 0001 hrs. on Saturday, July 8, 2023, a burn ban will be in effect encompassing the areas of lower Kittitas County (Elk Heights and east to the Columbia River). This includes Kittitas County Fire District #1 (Thorp/Elk Heights), Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue (surrounding Ellensburg/Kittitas area), and Kittitas County Fire District #4 (Vantage) jurisdictions.
The burn ban will prohibit opening burning. Opening burning, also known as pile or debris burning, is defined as ignition and subsequent burning of any combustible material (garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, branches, litter, paper, vegetative matter, or other debris) outdoors.
The use of propane or gas stoves, or charcoal briquette grills/smokers, are not prohibited under this burn ban.
Campfires are allowed in fire rings that confine and contain the campfire in designated and improved campgrounds. Please use extreme caution when disposing of burnt charcoal and make sure campfires are completely extinguished before leaving them unattended.
For questions on Department of Natural Resources land, please contact DNR at 509-925-8510. For questions on Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife lands please call 360-902-2515. For question on U.S. Forest Service lands please call 509-852-1100.
The Fire Marshal’s Office will continue to monitor current conditions and modify the burn ban as necessary.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Dan Young, Fire Marshal (509) 962-7000
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.