Outdoor Burning

The District is currently issuing burn permits. 
Due to Covid, the District is restricting access into the fire station. Please call the fire station at 425-222-5841 to obtain a permit by e-mail.

Effective for the 2020-2021 season, the District will allow Residential Outdoor Burning to occur with a PERMIT in all areas of the District from October 15 - November 15, 2020 and again from April 1 - April 30, 2021.  This modification addresses the closure of Rainier Recycling and citizen requests to allow a reasonable and economical method of yard debris disposal.

Properties outside of the Restrictive Burn Areas are allowed to burn with a PERMIT
from October 1, 2020 through June 14, 2021.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a permit to burn?

Yes - Outdoor residential yard debris burning requires a permit from the Fire Department. During this time with Social Distancing Guidelines, you can call the Fire Department at 425-222-5841 to obtain a permit.

A recreational fire does not require a permit.

Is there a permit fee?


Are there areas in the District were Outdoor Residential Burning is limited or not allowed?

Effective for the 2020-2021 burning period, the District will allow Residential Outdoor Burning to occur in all areas of the District from October 15 - November 15, and again from April 1 - April 30, 2021. This modification addresses the closure of Rainier Recycling and citizen requests to allow a reasonable and economical method of yard debris disposal. Properties outside of the Restritive Burn Areas are allowed to burn with a PERMIT from October 1 through June 14.

Click on the link to the ► Restrictive Burn Area Map

What are the size limitations and setback requirements for a residential yard debris burn pile?

The burn pile cannot exceed 4 feet in diameter by 3 feet in height and the fire must be at least 50 feet away from any structure.

What materials can I burn?

Only natural vegetation, yard debris, clippings and branches originating from your property.

Other Rules that Apply:

The person responsible for the fire must contact the Fire Department each day to inquire about burning conditions prior to igniting the fire. A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times, and it must be extinguished before leaving it. Burning is to be conducted during day light hours only.

Unlawful Outdoor Burning

Illegal materials:

Garbage, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber, plastics, dead animals, cardboard, paper (other than what is necessary to start a fire) treated wood, demolition and construction debris, metal, or any substance that releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or obnoxious odors.

It’s illegal to smoke out your neighbor,

the emissions of smoke from the fire cannot be detrimental to the health or safety of any person, cause damage to property or business, or create a nuisance.

Are there times when residential outdoor burning is not allowed?

Yes, during an air pollution episode, impaired air quality, fire danger ban, if the wind is blowing in excess of seven mph and during the "Seasonal Outdoor Residential Yard Debris Burning Moratorium" from June 15 through September 30.

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 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

  • Prunings                            Coffee grounds

  • Wood Chips                     Tea bags

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


Fall City Fire Department
4301-334th PL SE

PO Box 609
Fall City, WA 98024


Phone 425-222-5841
Fax 425-222-4566
E-mail - king27@king27fire.com


Business Hours 8am - 5pm


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