Outdoor Burning (Non-Agricultural)
This web site 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. This web site does not include information on agricultural burning.
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 many years. Find out about exchanging your burn barrel for a compost bin.
Things to know before you burn
Outdoor burning laws and rules
"Kids' Rights" Outdoor Burning Video (WMV File)
Spring 2009 Outdoor Burning Campaign (MP3 File) Audio Only
If you have questions, contact the Ecology regional office or the local air quality agency for your area.
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