Outdoor Residential Burning Moratorium in Effect
through September 30, 2020
Recreational Fires are allowed at this time.
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 not allowed?
Effective May 1, 2020, the District will allow Residential Outdoor Burning to occur in all areas of the District up until June 15, 2020, when the seasonal summer burning moratorium goes into effect. This is a temporary rule change to address the closure of Rainier Recycling and citizen requests to allow a reasonable and economical method of yard debris disposal.
Click on the link to the ► Prior to May 1, 2020 - 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
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.
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:
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 www.pscleanair.org