Open burning prohibited within Urban Growth Area, outside UGA burning allowed

Local fire districts are very busy, please be careful

NCW - Please do not add to the work they are doing. If you need to burn natural debris on your property, remember that last year’s grass is very flammable.  

Please burn responsibly. 
 
Here are some simple guidelines to follow: 

 

No burning if the wind speeds exceed 10 mph. (Less is better) 

 

Attended recreational campfires are allowed at private residences and hosted campgrounds in approved campfire rings or pits and at dispersed camping sites. The campfire area must be clear of combustible material 36 inches in diameter around the campfire. Have a shovel and water readily available on site to suppress the fire. 

 

Outside of UGA: Debris burning of natural vegetation is allowed on your property. No garbage or building debris. Maximum pile size is 4X4-feet in diameter. A 10-foot diameter area clear of flammable material around the pile is required. Water and a shovel must be readily available on site to suppress the fire.  

 

Debris burning restrictions within the Urban Growth Area (UGA) are still applicable. Burning of yard waste in Urban Growth Areas is prohibited.  

 

No Household trash or garbage shall be burned outdoors at residences at any time. If your property is not in an Urban Growth Area only natural vegetation can be burned. 

 

Burn barrels are illegal and are not permitted.  

 

Always have at least one person attending the burn pile and provide them with a means to control the fire or put out spot fires. (Hand tools and water.)  

 

If you have an orchard. Agricultural Operations Do Not need a permit from Ecology to burn their prunings or fire-blight if they are just limbs and a few whole trees.  If the orchard is tearing out whole blocks or acreage then they need an agricultural pile burn permit from Ecology. 

 

It is advised to have outdoor burning complete before the end of May.  Burn regulations will engage June 1.

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