Outdoor Burning (Non-Agricultural)
This web page provides information about burning of household yard waste (such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings) and burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation. Ecology regulates all types of outdoor burning except forest burning, which is regulated by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Is outdoor burning legal in Washington?
Outdoor burning is banned in all urban growth areas in Washington. 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 decades. Find out about exchanging your burn barrel for a compost bin.
Things to know before you burn
Outdoor burning laws and rules
"Kids Have a Right to Breathe Clean Air" (wmv File)
Alternatives to Burning (mp3 File)
For more information, contact the clean air agency for your area.
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