Outdoor Burning

Updated October 24, 2022

King County Fire Marshal lifts the burn ban

The Fire District will begin writing burn permits for outdoor residential yard debris burning. For those individuals who live in the areas of the Fall City rural town center and the Lake Alice communities, permits will be valid through November 30th. 

Click here to view the Outdoor Residential Burning Map

To get a permit you can stop in at the fire station or call 425-222-5841.

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.

 

Firewise -Wildfire Safety Brochure  

Firewise Website

 

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