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​There is No Burn Ban in Effect.  

Effective September 29, 2023

Outdoor burning may resume subject to normal area limitations and permitting requirements.

To obtain burning permits and learn more about outdoor burning requirements and restrictions, contact your local fire district:

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How to Burn a Candle Safely

  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.
  • When lighting a candle, use long matches or a long-reach lighter. Keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • Never touch or move a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch remains in the container or 2 inches if using a pillar candle.
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
  • Never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep.
  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. 
  • Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment – such as a lantern or kerosene heater.
  • Consider using battery-operated candles.
Candle Safety Tips from the National Candle Association on Vimeo

Candle Fire Safety – Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department

Mobile Food Vendors: An Operational Permit is required.

All Mobile Food Preparation Vehicles equipped with fryers, grills, or other appliances that produce smoke or grease-laden vapors operating in Kitsap County must have an Operational Permit issued by the Kitsap County Fire Marshal. For more information, see the Mobile Food Prep Vehicle Brochure.  Visit the Permit Center to apply!

For a list of current permitted, Mobile Food Preparation Vehicles in Kitsap County, see our Mobile Food Prep Vehicle Permit list.

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Commercial Inspections - Kitsap County's Risk Check Program

For your Commercial/Business inspections, please see Kitsap County's Risk Check Program for more information and to schedule your inspection!

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The Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office (KCFMO) mission is to enhance fire safety through quality fire inspections, plan review, fire investigation and fire prevention education to minimize property loss, maintain community awareness of fire safety and to reduce the tragedy of fires in Kitsap County.

Related links (360) 337-5777 

619 Division St. Port Orchard, WA 98366

  • Online Permit Application/Status Check/Inspection Scheduling & Results: Available 24/7

Lithium Ion Battery Safety Tip Sheet link

Lithium-Ion Battery Safety. Download the NFPA tip sheet.