Outdoor & residential burning

We oversee various types of outdoor burning to protect air quality. This includes land clearing, residential yard waste burning, and some fire training burns. Before you burn, check whether you need a permit, if the type of burning you want to do is allowed in your area, and if there is a burn ban in place.


Try composting your yard debris instead of burning it.

Urban growth area burning restrictions

An urban growth area (UGA) is land used for urban development. Land outside an urban growth area (like agricultural, rural, and natural land) is protected from urban sprawl. Where you live determines whether you can burn.

Before you burn anything, check if there is a burn ban in your area and if you are in an urban growth area.


Check if you are in an urban growth area.

OPTION A.  USE THE MAP:

  • Click on + sign on the map to zoom in to your area.
  • Yellow shaded areas mark cities and urban growth areas.
  • Click on a yellow shaded area to get more information (pop-up).

OPTION B.  LOOK UP YOUR AREA BY COUNTY

 

Required burning permits

The type of burning you are planning and the location of the burn will determine whether or not you need a permit. Review the information below to determine if you need a permit.

What's illegal to burn

It's important to verify that what you want to burn is legal before you begin burning. You can be fined up to $10,000 per day for illegal burning. 

Burning any type of garbage or construction debris is not allowed. This includes: 

  • Paper, cardboard and junk mail
  • Construction debris, lumber and treated wood
  • Rubber
  • Metal
  • Plastics and petroleum products
  • Dead animals
  • Asphalt
  • Any substance that emits toxins or bad odors when burned

Using burn barrels is illegal

The fires in burn barrels receive little oxygen and create toxic smoke that stays low to the ground. Burn barrels are illegal statewide.

Report illegal burning

If you are having trouble breathing or if smoke from an outdoor burn is getting into your house, call 911 for immediate help or report illegal burning.
 

Contacts for other questions 

County Phone Email
Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan counties 509-575-2490 agburnteamcro@ecy.wa.gov
Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties 509-329-3400 agburnteamero@ecy.wa.gov
San Juan County 425-649-7267 david.adler@ecy.wa.gov
Benton, Spokane, Yakima, and all other Western Washington counties Contact your local clean air agency Contact your local clean air agency