Outdoor Burning

The Fire District is currently issuing burn permits for the Oct 1, 2021  - June 14, 2022 outdoor burning period.
If you reside in the rural town center or the Lake Alice communities permits are only issued and valid for the months of October and April.  (Please see the Outdoor Burning Map and Restrictive Areas)

 

In order to obtain a permit please call the Fall City Fire Station at (425) 222-5841 and we can email the permit to you or arrange for you to pick it up. 

Recreational fires, used for cooking, pleasure or ceremonial purposes that occur on private property do not require a permit and are allowed in the Fire District under the following 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 neighbor. If smoke from your fire bothers your neighbors, damages their property or otherwise causes a nuisance, you must immediately put it out.

Frequently asked questions

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.





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

 

 

 

 

►► ►  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