Fire emergency: call 911
has NO fire-fighting equipment!
Report an uncontrolled wildfire: call
EMC General Manager - 996-9897
-- EMC Operations Manager - 996-2427.
Local Fire Chief - 997-2981 (8AM - 4:30
PM, M-F) DO NOT leave a message saying you are planning to burn. If
someone reports your fire, the fire department is required to respond.
Department of Natural
A MUST READ for Safe Burning
Please review the WA Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) Burning Guidelines called, "Northeast Washington
Outdoor Burning Brochure". Copies of this flyer will be posted in the Edelweiss
campground and at the mailboxes.
Edelweiss frequently receives calls from
lot owners who have questions or concerns regarding fires, burning, etc.
We ask that great care be used when burning on your property. A fire can
spread quickly, and you will be held liable for any damage to an adjacent
property that is caused by your uncontrolled fire.
OKANOGAN COUNTY CURRENT
Burning Any Fires, Including Recreational
Fires, You MUST
CALL 1-800-323-BURN (2876) or visit the
DNR Fire Danger Map EACH DAY of ignition prior to lighting
ANY fire for instructions specific to that day and location.
Outdoor burning may
be completely suspended by the DNR at any time. Such tight restrictions
may be announced due to high fire danger resulting from weather
conditions, specific wildfire conditions, lack of available firefighting
personnel or to protect air quality.
NOTE: When a BURN BAN
is in effect for the Methow Valley, signs may be posted at the following
locations: Fire Station in Mazama on HWY 20, USFS compound near the bridge
entering Winthrop from the north, and in Twisp at the old USFS compound on
Even if there is no burn ban in effect
and fire danger is not at a critical level, it might still be unsafe to
REMEMBER, you are responsible for the effects of any fire you start – if
it causes harm to a neighboring property, you WILL be held liable.
Do not burn on an undeveloped lot unless you can bring (with the owner’s
permission) a water hose to the site from an adjacent property’s
frost-free hydrant or hose bib.
It is illegal in Washington State to burn ANY construction material,
especially treated lumber (plywood, etc.). The same applies to rubber,
plastics, asphalt, garbage, petroleum products, paints or any materials
that emit dense smoke or create offensive odors.
Please see "Safeguard Your Home" for
information on recycling and disposal of building materials in the Methow
Safeguard Your Home
In order to minimize the fire danger to
your home and/or property, it makes good sense to observe the following
1. Driveways need to be wide enough and
accessible enough (no sharp turns, etc.) for emergency vehicles. A fire
truck is about 8’ wide so driveways need to be at least 10’ wide.
Driveways should be designed to leave adequate room for snow storage when
roads are plowed in winter.
2. Do not store firewood or other
flammable items on decks or porches near house.
3. Eliminate pine needles, or other
flammable materials from under decks/porches.
4. Store flammable or toxic chemicals in
areas away from your home.
5. Use metal or other non-flammable
roofing material on your home.
6. Use metal or other non-flammable
skirting material around your house, and enclose crawl spaces under decks
or porches to prevent embers from blowing underneath.
For more tips, see “Fire and Homes”
section in your
Good Neighbor Handbook, available at
Also see these websites:
Recycling & Disposal of
Call the Twisp Transfer Station
(997-2025), or Methow Valley Sanitation (997-8862) for help with your
Building and landscaping materials may
be recycled through Methow Resource and Recovery, located on Wagner Road
in Twisp. This year (2010) they plan to be open from May 1 thru Oct 31,
Thurs. and Sat. from 10 AM to 4 PM, and sometimes by appointment. Contact
them at 509-997-5643.
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