The way agricultural burning is managed is changing in the Northwest, with Washington State 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 Clean Air Washington Act of 1991 (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:
You must have an agricultural burning 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. The agricultural burning of field crop residue and 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.
As of July 1, 2012, the fees for Agricultural Burning Permits have changed.
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 Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-430-042). This determination was followed by a public hearing and response to comments received, 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
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:
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 in question makes the daily burn decision for that county. If you have questions about the daily burn decision, please contact the correct office for your county:
Eastern Regional Office (ERO): 509-329-3400
Central Regional Office (CRO: 509-575-2490
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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