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Risk of fire high in Point Defiance, Swan Creek and other Metro Parks sites

August 18, 2016

Reminder: Open burning is prohibited

Extremely hot, dry weather has prompted bans on outdoor burning in Pierce County and on  state-managed lands throughout Washington.

Metro Parks Tacoma managers recognize the threat and would like to remind park visitors that open flames are not allowed in our parks. This is especially important in forested areas such as Point Defiance and Swan Creek parks.

Fires in picnic stoves or portable barbeques may only utilize propane or charcoal briquettes as fuel. All other fuel sources, including wood, are specifically prohibited. To dispose of coals, please use specially marked containers at picnic sites.

Anyone with questions may contact the district’s rentals staff at (253) 305-1090 or

Fire danger reminders have been posted. Metro Parks staff members will be in Point Defiance Park over the weekend to ensure that visitors are aware of the danger and are careful to avoid sparking a fire.

Metro Parks managers will continue to monitor conditions. If the hot and dry weather persists, Metro Parks might be forced to take the next step and ban grilling in the parks.



Michael Thompson, Public Information Officer, (253) 305-1092;