Outdoor Burning - Agricultural
The way agricultural burning is managed is changing in the Northwest, with Washington leading the way. This change is part of a comprehensive revision of the state's air pollution laws that affects not just agriculture, but many other commercial, individual, and governmental activities. The Washington Clean Air Act (Chapter 70.94 RCW) states that those who contribute to air pollution will share the job of protecting air quality.
Agricultural burning is setting fire to:
Agricultural burn permit applications
You must have an agricultural burn permit to do any agricultural burning.
While it is legal to burn for approved agronomic reasons with a permit, it is not legal to allow smoke to impact others. Burning field crop residue or orchard tear-out residue can directly impact the safety and health of citizens breathing the smoke-filled air. See Chapter 173-430 WAC - Agricultural Burning for more information.
Fees for agricultural burning permits changed in 2012.
Agricultural Burning Fee Schedule
Agricultural Burning Fee Distribution
The Agricultural Burning Practices and Research Task Force determined the above fee levels and distribution schedule at its last regular meeting on November 8, 2011 (as required by WAC 173-430-042). This determination was followed by a public hearing and response to public comments, as also required by the WAC. View the comments received on the fee changes and Ecology's response to each comment.
The legislature directed Ecology in language attached to the 2012 budget package to make these fee changes effective July 1, 2012.
Daily Burn/No Burn Decisions
To help reduce smoke-related environmental and health concerns, Ecology makes a daily burn/no burn decision called the burn call for agricultural burning permit holders. The burn call provides daily current and forecasted air quality conditions and burn decisions to the public. For burn call information:
You can also use the links below to subscribe or unsubscribe from email lists used to distribute the daily burn decisions.
ERO listserv (Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties)
CRO listserv (Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan Counties)
The Ecology regional office responsible for the county makes the daily burn decision for that county. If you have questions about the daily burn decision, contact the correct office for your county:
Eastern Regional Office: 509-329-3400
Central Regional Office: 509-575-2490
Post-Burn Reporting Forms (aka Blue Cards)
Contact us for these counties: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties
Contact us for these counties: Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan Counties
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