Outdoor Burning

A "Seasonal Outdoor Residential Burning Moratorium" is in effect from June 15 - September 30.

The Seasonal Outdoor Residential Burning Moratorium went into effect on June 15th and will remain in effect through September 30th.  Burn Permits for outdoor yard debris burning will not be issued or valid during this time.  As the weather continues to get warmer the fuel loads and vegetation become drier in the summer and the risk of fire increases.  Implementing the Seasonal Outdoor Residential Burning Moratorium will help reduce risks to the community we serve and promote wildfire safety practices.

High temperatures and dry conditions prompt Fire Marshal to issue Stage 1 fire safety burn ban for "Recreational Fires" starting Friday, July 29

The Stage 1 fire safety burn ban – which is being issued in coordination with the King County Fire Chiefs Association - applies to all outdoor burning, except for barbecues and small recreational fires in established fire pits that are metal or concrete, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds.

Recreational fires, used for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes that occur on private property do not require a permit and are currently allowed in the Fire District "if you have a fire pit that is surrounded by metal or concrete"  in accordance with King County Stage 1 fire safety burn ban guidelines: 

  • Maximum size is 3 feet in diameter x 2 feet in height.

  • Only seasoned, dry firewood, presto type logs, or charcoal may be burned.

  • The fire must be attended by an adult and adequate water to put the fire out must be available.

  • The fire pit should be located in a clear area, free from any ground vegetation or overhanging branches, with a minimum setback of ten (10) feet. Fire bowls, fire chimneys, or similar freestanding devices and barbecues fall under this definition.

  • It is always illegal to smoke out your neighbors. If smoke from your fire bothers your neighbors, damages their property or otherwise causes a nuisance, you must immediately put it out.

Land clear burning is no longer allowed in  King, Pierce, Kitsap and Snohomish Counties.

Violations Carry Stiff Penalties

If you violate outdoor burning regulations you can be fined a minimum fine of $2,000 plus the cost of the Fire Department’s response.

Burn Barrels are illegal

Recreational Fires





►► ►  Recreational Fires are prohibited during an air quality or fire danger phase 2 burn ban.

Contact the Fire Department before you burn to determine if there is a burn ban in effect or if the regulations have changed in your area - 425-222-5841.

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. 
A permit is not required for a recreational fire. Fires lit in chimneys, fire bowls, similar free standing devices and barbecues also fall under this definition.

Fires must not exceed three feet in diameter or two feet in height. Only dry seasoned firewood, charcoal, or manufactured fire logs may be used. 

The area should be clear of vegetation that could allow the fire to spread and must have minimum setbacks of (10) ten feet. The fire must be attended by an adult and adequate water to put the fire out must be available.

Compost it Instead

You can convert dead leaves and grass clippings into healthy food for your landscape. Composting is a convenient and affordable way to manage yard waste, creating nutrient rich mulch that will improve your soil and the health of your plants. Home composting also serves as an invaluable educational tool, teaching youngsters about conservation, the cycle of life, and inter-connectedness of the natural world.

Items Ideal for Composting: 

  • Grass Clippings               Leaves

  • Egg Shells                          Vegetable waste

  • Plant prunings                 Coffee grounds

  • Wood Chips                      Tea bags

  • Small branches               Cardboard - (remove any tape)

For more recycling and composting information go to:

www.your.kingcounty.gov/solid waste

Recycling Yard Debris

Tree, brush, yard debris and non treated wood can be recycled at the following locations for a nominal fee:​

Cedar Falls Transfer Station

16925 Cedar Falls Rd SE, North Bend, WA 98045

206-296-4466  King County Solid Waste-Cedar Falls

Cedar Grove Composting

17825 Cedar Grove Rd, Maple Valley, WA 98038

1-877-764-5748  www.cedar-grove.com

Yard waste pick-up 

May be available from your local refuse company. 
Contact Republic Waste Disposal 1-800-221-4508

Fire District 27 does not endorse the providers listed. The list is provided as a courtesy to the public.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Changes to outdoor burning regulations will continue to occur as population densities increase 
and alternatives to burning are made more available. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has adopted state outdoor 
burning regulations and enforces them in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. 

For text of regulations and additional information www.pscleanair.org