Burning - Outdoor Residential
Outdoor burning is burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings. It is also burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation. The Washington State Department of Ecology regulates all types of outdoor burning except forest burning, which is regulated by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Outdoor burning is banned in all urban growth areas in Washington. (See a map of urban growth areas.) If you live outside the boundaries of an urban growth area, it is legal to burn natural vegetation, but you should consider alternatives to burning. Find out what you can do instead of burning.
Garbage burning and burn barrels are illegal everywhere in Washington, and have been for many years.
Contact Ecology's regional office or the local air quality agency for your area; or read Ecology's publication Frequently Asked Questions About the 2007 Outdoor Burning Ban.
Kid's Right Outdoor Burning Video (WMV File)
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