Open Burning & Land Clearing Permits
Alternatives to Outdoor Burning: There are a number of alternatives available in the area. A list of these alternatives and how to access them
List of Outdoor Burning Alternatives can be found using the link below.
Outdoor Burning Regulations: The following applies to outdoor burning:
- Where burning is allowed, only natural vegetation (leaves, brush, etc.) may be burned.
- State law prohibits the burning of the following materials, including, but not limited to, paper or newspaper (except what is necessary to start a fire), cardboard, household garbage, treated, painted or stained wood, plywood, construction debris, paints, tires and other rubber products, plastics, asphalt and building materials, chemicals, petroleum products, metal, and dead animals.
- Smoke, odor, or ash that goes beyond your property and impacts a neighbor is illegal. Violations of outdoor burning laws may result in fines up to $14,915 per violation.
- Burn Barrels – State law prohibits burning in outdoor containers (such as steel burn barrels) that do not meet certain construction standards consistent with those in the State adopted fire code. Containers used for outdoor burning must be brick or concrete.
- Recreational Fires – Outdoor fires are defined as camp fires and cooking fires, using dry, seasoned firewood in designated areas or on private property. Fires used for disposal purposes are not recreational fires. Where allowed, recreational fires are limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
- Residential Burning – Outdoor fires are defined as burning of leaves, clippings, pruning debris and other yard and gardening refuse originating on the maintained area of residential property (e.g. lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling) and burned on such lands by the property owner and/or other responsible person.
Recreational and Residential burning does not require a permit.
Handout: Residential Burning Guidelines
Source: Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) www.orcaa.org
Handout: Open Burning Regulations Brochure
No Burn Areas: The State Legislature enacted laws restricting both residential yard-waste burning and land clearing burning. Since 2007, residential outdoor burning has been prohibited in all Urban Growth Areas (UGA’s) within the state. There are two No Burn Areas located within the district’s service area. The following maps illustrate the No Burn Areas boundaries.
Obtaining a Land Clearing Burn Permit: Permits may be obtained online or in person during normal business hours at the District’s headquarters station, located at 323 North Fifth Ave.
- Land clearing permits require an inspection of the burn site during normal business hours, which must be scheduled with 48 hours of advance notice.
- The charge for land clearing burns permits is $100.
Burn Ban: A county-wide burn ban is imposed during the months of July, August, and September. Additional burn ban restrictions may be imposed on a case-by-case basis during periods of elevated fire danger.
For more information regarding outdoor burning visit the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) at www.orcaa.org.