Open Burning & Land Clearing Permits
Burn Ban/Restrictions Update
Due to extremely dry conditions, the Burn Ban for ALL Outdoor Burning in Clallam County is in effect as of Friday July 23rd, 2021 until the end of September as ordered by the Clallam County Fire Marshall. Open burning Burn restrictions are imposed by the DNR and/or Clallam County. Use the following link for the most current information regarding the status of burn bans and/or open burning restrictions: Clallam County Burning Restrictions
Permits are no longer required for Residential burning outside the "No Burn Areas"
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.
Alternatives to Outdoor Burning: There are a number of alternatives available in the area. A list of these alternatives and how to access them can be found using the link below.
Outdoor Burning Regulations: The following guidelines apply to outdoor burning:
- Where and when 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 – Residential 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. Summer burn regulations, in effect from May 1st - June 30th, limit a residential burn pile to no larger than 4' x 4' x 3' and Winter burn regulations, in effect from October 1st - April 30th, allow a residential burn pile of up to 10' x 10' x 5'. No residential fire shall be commenced before sunrise and no material may be added after sunset. For further information, click the Residential Burning Guidelines link.
Recreational and Residential burning does not require a permit.
Handout: Residential Burning Guidelines
Source: Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) www.orcaa.org
Handout: Outdoor Burning Regulations
Land Clearing Burn Permit: The burning of land clearing debris is governed by the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) and requires a permit. Regulations can be found on the ORCAA web site www.orcaa.org. Permits can also be applied for via their website. If you have further questions, Please call ORCAA at (800) 422-5623.
- Olympic Region Clean Air Agency
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.