Burglaries in Woodlake

We have had two burglaries in the neighborhood.  One occurred on 63 st W in the new Woodlake and one on 58th St W.  The one on 63rd occurred this morning at 1230 am.  There are many new faces on the street and increased vehicle traffic due to the virus.  Stay vigilant and if you see something out of the ordinary or vehicles loitering in the  neighborhood, call 911.   
Pay attention to suspicious vehicles at the pond, especially after dusk when the parking is supposed to be closed.

By Carmelle

Burning Yard Waste

  Burning yard waste is illegal and considered a nuisance.  Woodlake is a residential community and our homes are right next to each other.  Please be a courteous neighbor and follow the law when it comes to outdoor residential fires.   Below is information from your local fire department regarding out door burning.  


3631 Drexler Drive West
University Place, WA 98466
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
253.564.1623 Business
253.564.1629 Fax

Outdoor Burning in West Pierce

Recreational fires can provide enjoyment for many yet create frustration for others.  The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency regulates burn bans in our area to ensure the health and safety of its residents.  When burn bans are not in place, recreational fires are allowed within West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s jurisdiction.

Recreational fires are not the same as burning yard waste and land-clearing debris.  They are defined as “cooking fires, campfires, and bonfires using charcoal or firewood that occur in designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes.”  (WAC 173-425-030)

This also includes fires lit in chimineas, fire pits, fire bowls, and similar free-standing devices, except burn barrels.  These devices can be found at most home improvement stores.  Please remember that it is always illegal to burn trash or use a burn barrel.

 Prohibited Burning

· It is always illegal to smoke out your neighbor.  If smoke bothers your neighbors or otherwise becomes a nuisance, you must immediately put it out.

· Burning of trash and/or yard debris is not allowed. 

· The use of a burn barrel is prohibited.

 Safety Tips to Consider

West Pierce Fire & Rescue asks that you consider these safety tips when using a recreational fire of any kind.

· Fires shall not exceed three feet in diameter or two feet in height.

· Recreational fires need to be at least 25 feet from anything that can burn.  (This includes trees, cedar fences and homes).

· Only charcoal, dried firewood, or manufactured fire logs may be used.  Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids in a recreational fire.

· Avoid burning on windy, dry days.  With these conditions, it is easy for outdoor burning to quickly spread out of control.

· Do not leave fires unattended at any time.  Have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt nearby to extinguish the fire fully before leaving the area.

· An adult should always be present and supervise children around any fire, including campfires, fire pits, chimineas, and outdoor fireplaces.

· Keep children at least three feet away from any fire to ensure their safety.

· Chimineas should not be placed on a deck or other combustible surface.  Bricks or cement create a steady surface for the chiminea to rest and decreases the risk of an unwanted fire.

· Be sure any recreational fire is not under an overhead structure.  Be sure low hanging branches are cleared from nearby trees.

Violations of outdoor burning regulations can be costly. Fines can exceed $16,000 per day and typically start at $2,000. These fines are enforced by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency 1-800-552-3565.

By Carmelle

Yard Maintenance

Happy Spring!
As you venture out to enjoy your yard in this warming weather, your Woodlake Homeowners Board asks that you find a few moments to evaluate what the public sees as they drive by. Woodlake has a tradition of having fine homes in one of the best neighborhoods in University Place, and our property values reflect that. Please take that critical look, as though you were going to market your home, and let it be your guide as you plan your spring yard clean-up. We’re offering a checklist of the issues that most often are brought to our attention. We hear, “We love our next-door neighbors, but their…”
_ Lawn needs to be mowed (or seeded) Flower beds need to be weeded
Bushes need to be trimmed
Debris from trees needs to be cleaned from roof or yard Fence needs maintenance
Visual screen for yard waste containers needs maintenance Visual screen for a vehicle needs maintenance
Mailbox needs to be repaired/replaced
If you’d like to hire someone to help, your HOA board can usually make recommendations and they’re listed at: www.woodlakeneighbors.com, along with the Woodlake covenants and other useful information.
Although it’s recommended that we maintain “social distancing” these days, we’re hoping that next year you’ll be able to take some time to “talk across the fence” with your neighbors and catch up with what is new in their lives. Another reason Woodlake is such a great community is because of the wonderful and caring people who live here!

By Carmelle