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Outdoor Burning



KING COUNTY, Wash. – Effectively August 31, 2023, at 1200hrs (noon), the King County Fire Chief’s Association and the King County Fire Marshals are terminating the Stage 2 (Complete) Burn Ban.  This will allow burning of small recreational fires to resume as described below.


The Stage I Burn Ban (restrictions), issued in June which cover all other outdoor burning, will remain in effect through September 30, 2023.

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.

  • 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.

Outdoor residential yard debris burning is currently prohibited . Permits will be available from the Fire Department on October 1. For those individuals who live in the areas of the Fall City rural town center and the Lake Alice communities, permits will be valid for one month in the Spring from
April 1 - April 30, and one month in the Fall from October 1 - October 31, 2023. 

Please click on the link to the map below to determine your area.

Click here to view the Outdoor Residential Burning Map

To get a permit you can stop in at the fire station, call us at 425-222-5841 or by E-mail 

Firewise -Wildfire Safety Brochure  
Firewise Website

Burn Barrels are Illegal

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.





►► ►  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.

Recreational Fires

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: 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


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

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