- Fires shall consist of dry seasoned firewood, “Dura-flame/Presto logs” or charcoal briquettes.Burning of yard waste is not allowed in recreational fire pits (no branches, shrubbery, or wet wood).
- Recreational/campfires are allowed if built in metal or concrete-lined fire pits like those located in designated campgrounds, local, county, state parks and in commercial campgrounds. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged.
•Fires shall not be within twenty-five (25) feet of a structure.
•Fires shall not be within ten (10) feet of adjoining property lines, fences, or decks.
•Pits shall not exceed three (3) feet in diameter and two (2) feet in height. The depth of the pit shall be a minimum of four (4) inches and capable of containing all burned material.
•A minimum of ten (10) feet shall be maintained around the entire pit, free of grass, shrubbery, weeds, vegetation and any other combustible material, including overhanging limbs from trees.
•Fires shall be attended at all times by an alert individual with immediate access to a shovel and either five (5) gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
Here are the rules for outdoor burning that are from the Washington Department of Ecology:
Outdoor Burning - non-agricultural
Ecology regulates all types of outdoor burning except forest burning, which is regulated by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Residential burning refers to burning household yard waste (such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings) and burning to clear the land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation.
Is outdoor burning legal in Washington?
Outdoor burning is banned in all urban growth areas in Washington. If you live outside the boundaries of an urban growth area, it is legal to burn natural vegetation, but you should consider alternatives to burning. Find out what you can do instead of burning.
Garbage burning and burn barrels are illegal everywhere in Washington and have been for decades.
Know before you burn
- Burn barrels are illegal.
- Instead of burning to get rid of vegetation, try composting and chipping.
- Where residential burning is allowed, the burn pile must be smaller than 4'x4'x3'.
- You may burn only one pile at a time.
- When and where burning is allowed, you may only burn unprocessed natural vegetation.
- Your smoke must not impact your neighbors and you must put out your fire if it does.
- Do not leave your fire unattended.
- The fire should not include materials hauled from another property.
- It is illegal to burn construction and demolition debris.
- Always check with your local fire department for permit and safety requirements before you light any outdoor fire.
- For more information, contact the clean air agency for your area.
- Call the Burn Day Hotline for daily burn information: 1-800-406-5322
- More information can be found by clicking here.
Burn Permits can be found at Washington Department of Ecology. Click this link to find applications for outdoor burning permits.
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