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Notice of Emergency Water Restrictions

As of September 11, 2015, the City of Forks Water Superintendent has determined that a shortage exists in the Forks city water supply and that a water emergency exists. As a result, emergency water use restrictions are in effect immediately, and are applicable to all users of the Forks city water system, whether within or without the city limits. Until further notice, the following water uses are prohibited:

  1. Commercial and residential lawn watering;
  2. Commercial and residential vehicle washing, with the exception of the following:
    • No more than a weekly washing of a non-commercial vehicle at a water controlled car washing facility;
    • No more than a twice weekly washing of commercial log trucks, logging equipment, and road maintenance equipment as part of regulatory dust abatement.  In such cases, every effort needs to be made to reduce the amount of water consumption utilized; and,
    • Dust abatement associated with construction projects as part of any building permit.
  3. Filling of swimming pools and hot tubs; nor,
  4. Washing by pressure washer or hose the exterior of structures or pavement.
Any person who violates any water use restriction imposed under this declaration shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500, per Forks Municipal Code 13.25.040. Only essential water uses are allowed. Essential uses include commercial horticultural operations and home gardens.

Bryon Monohon

Ivan Cowles
Water Superintendent




Order Declaring Unusual Fire Danger and Imposing Burn Ban in the City of Forks

Pursuant to Forks Municipal Code Chapter 2.35, as the City’s Fire Inspector, and in order to avoid any uncertainty, I hereby declare that there is an unusual fire danger in the City of Forks.  Further, pursuant to the authority within that Chapter, I hereby absolutely prohibit the use of fire within the City of Forks to include such things as recreational outdoor fires regardless of their location or manner of containment.  I also hereby prohibit the use of the things as “Japanese Lanterns” (floating lanterns), open fire pits, and the use of fire torches for treatment of yards, driveways, etc.  This ban on the use of fire shall remain in effect until such time as the Clallam County Fire Marshall Annette Wood, or her designee, removes the concurrent Clallam County Fire Ban.

Signed this 25th of June 2015

Bill Paul
Fire Chief
Clallam County Fire District No. 1
(including the City of Forks)