All outdoor burning in unincorporated Pierce County is banned effective 8 a.m. today Fire Marshal Wayne Wienholz announced.
The burn ban was declared by the fire marshal in cooperation with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs Association and Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The action was prompted by forecasts calling for continued dry, warm weather. In past years burn bans declared during the summer have remained in effect until fall.
In Pierce County, recreational campfires are allowed if built in metal or concrete-lined fire pits located in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county and state parks and in commercial campgrounds.
Persons with approved DNR burn permits may call 1-800-323-BURN for information related to their permits.