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Forks Bans All Outdoor Burning

The City of Forks is declaring a fire danger – and is banning all burning within the city limits.  Forks is already under voluntary water restriction due to the recent hot dry weather.  The order was signed yesterday by Fire chief Bill Paul and Mayor Tim Fletcher.  It bans all open flame recreational fires such as open fire pits, fire rings, and chimney style fire pits.  These cannot be used for cooking.  The ban also includes the use of torches for treatment of yards and driveways.

      Tue Aug 7 News

Gas and Briquette BBQs are still permitted.


The ban remains in effect until further notice.

Primary Ballot Deadline Tuesday 8 PM

Monday and Tuesday are the final days to get your ballots in for the  August 7 primary election in WA state.  Those ballots must be postmarked or placed in the ballot box like the one at the Forks District Court by Tuesday  at 8 PM.

      Mon Aug 6 News

There is a primary race for District 3 county commissioner which covers the West End between incumbent Republican Bill Peach, former commissioner and Democrat Mike Doherty, and Dale Wilson who is running with no party affiliation.  The top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary advance to the November general election ballot.


As of last Thursday a little less than 13000 ballots have been returned in Clallam County which is just under 25% turnout.

DNR Bans Outdoor Burning Statewide

The state Department of Natural Resources is imposing a statewide ban on outdoor burning on the 13 million acres of forests and state parks under DNR fire protection.

      Fri August 3 News

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz ordered the ban Thursday. The order affects prescribed burns and the burning of wood debris and charcoal briquettes.

DNR officials said 96 percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions.

The DNR burn ban does not affect federally-managed lands such as national forests and national parks, which have already restricted outdoor burning.

Clallam and Jefferson counties imposed local burn bans July 1. The fire danger has been upgraded to high in both counties.

Yard-clearing or land-clearing fires are prohibited on the North Olympic Peninsula but recreational fires are permitted within certain limits.

Camp fires can be a maximum of 3 feet in diameter and two feet in height when they are contained within a concrete or metal fire pit in an approved campground or on private property with the owner’s permission.

Lake Crescent Paving Work on 101 Done for Season

The paving work on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent is complete for the 2018 construction season – but there will still be minimal delays at the construction site through September 21 as crews continue other work including adding guardrails.

The work taking place between milepost 228 and 230 is restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset. Currently, traveling through the work zone before 7:30 am and after 7:30 pm can help travelers avoid delays.

      Thu August 2 News

The final 2-1/2″ of paving/wearing surface will be completed in the final season of the project in 2019.

This week, during weekday work hours, drivers should expect minimal traffic impacts through the 12-mile project zone. Crews will be working in the Fairholme Store parking lot installing handrail, conducting project clean up, and staging equipment for the next phases of work.

Inslee Declares Statewide Wildfire Emergency

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in the entire state due to wildfire threats.

Inslee signed the proclamation Tuesday as dry hot conditions continue and several fires burn in the state. The proclamation notes that there have been “abnormally dry conditions” throughout July and above-average temperatures, causing “a high risk of severe wildfire outbreaks requiring an immediate response.”

      Wed August 1 News

The move allows for assistance from the Washington National Guard, which has already been requested by the Department of Natural Resources. Among the requests are the use of aviation assets and crews to be sent to the eastern part of the state.