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<br /> <br />COMMUNITY PLANNING  BUILDING INSPECTION  PLAN REVIEW  ADMINISTRATION  PERMIT SERVICES  CODE ENFORCEMENT <br />KITTITAS COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES <br />411 N. Ruby St., Suite 2, Ellensburg, WA 98926 <br />CDS@CO.KITTITAS.WA.US <br />Office (509) 962-7506 <br />Fax (509) 962-7682 <br /> <br />“Building Partnerships – Building Communities” <br /> <br />Staff Report <br /> <br />To: Board of County Commissioners <br /> <br />From: Dan Carlson, AICP, Community Development Services Director <br /> <br />Date: May 7, 2019 <br /> <br />RE: Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to Kittitas County Code (KCC) Title 9 and Title 20 <br /> <br />Background <br /> <br />KCC Title 9 Amendments <br />KCC 9.30.030 prohibits ignition or discharge of fireworks at any time other than July 4th and December 31st until <br />1:00 a.m. January 1st. There are other times of the year when the fire danger is low, and fireworks could be <br />allowed subject to Fire Marshal approval. <br /> <br />KCC 9.30.035 currently authorizes the Fire Marshal to prohibit the ignition or discharge of fireworks only when <br />certain fire danger components and indices have been reached, and does not allow the Fire Marshal to ban <br />fireworks when these thresholds have not been reached. Last year, the Fire Marshal had declared a burn ban for <br />the county, but was not authorized to ban fireworks because the danger components and indices had not been <br />reached. The proposed changes would correct that. <br /> <br />KCC Title 20 Amendments <br />The International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (IWUIC) is a model code that has been adopted by Kittitas <br />County and applies to areas where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped <br />wildland or vegetative fuels. The IWUIC is a supplement to adopted building and fire codes, and is intended to <br />establish minimum regulations for safeguarding life and property from the intrusion of wildland fires and to <br />prevent structure fires from spreading to wildland fuels. Section 105.1 of the IWUIC allows the code official to <br />grant modifications for individual cases where enforcement of the strict letter of the code is impractical, where the <br />modification is in conformance with the intent and purpose of the code, and where the modification does not <br />lessen any fire protection requirements or any degree of structural integrity. <br /> <br />On June 5, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners formed the Wildland-Urban Interface Modification Criteria <br />Committee to develop specific criteria for granting modification under Section 105.1 of the IWUIC. The <br />committee met six times and developed and recommended the proposed amendments for granting IWUIC <br />modifications. <br /> <br />Proposed Changes <br /> <br />KCC Title 9 <br />KCC 9.30.030 would be amended so that the Fire Marshal could authorize fireworks on other days of the year, <br />subject to a fireworks permit approval and dependent on fire danger. As a condition of the fireworks permit <br />approval, the applicant would be required to provide notice of the fireworks discharge date and time to all <br />landowners within 500 feet of the discharge site. <br />