In the future, if the Fire Marshal calls for a burn ban in King County, it will be because of hot and dry weather conditions and the outdoor fire danger has increased. In response, King County will issue a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county. This would be a PHASE 1 Burn ban and apply to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner's permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques would continue to be allowed under the ban.
Recreational fires must:
- Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
- Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
- Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
- Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.
For properties located within cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.
Fire-safety burn bans and air-quality burn bans
There are two different types of burn bans: fire-safety burn bans and air-quality burn bans. To learn about the difference between fire safety and air quality burn bans, please see at www.pscleanair.org/airq/burnban/difference.aspx (external link).
Fire safety burn bans
King County, together with other county and state entities, declares a fire-safety burn ban on outdoor burning when the fire danger reaches a critical level.
Please refer to the Department of Permitting burn ban news release for detailed information.
When there is a change in status, King County will update the fire-safety burn ban status here and issue an additional news release.
A fire-safety burn ban imposed by the King County Fire Marshal applies to unincorporated areas of the County. For cities within an incorporated city or town, please check with your local fire department for current fire safety burn ban information.
For background and approved fire pit information, see When do we call a fire safety burn ban?
Air-quality burn bans
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency declares air quality burn bans when air pollution rises to unhealty levels. To check if there is an air-quality burn ban, go to www.pscleanair.org (external link).
General information about burn bans and burn permits
To check the latest burn-ban information, call 1-800-323-BURN. For fire safety burn-ban information specific to unincorporated King County, check the Department of Permitting news releases. The Permitting Department will issue a news release whenever there is a change in the burn-ban status.
The King County Fire Marshal does NOT issue burn permits.
Burning in King County requires a permit from your local fire district and certain regulations apply. Contact your local fire district about burn permits. Non-emergency contact information for local fire districts is available on the King County Office of Emergency Management's Web site.
Burn permits are NOT issued during fire safety burn bans.
There may be additional restrictions which prevent a fire district from issuing a burn permit. As a general rule, burn permits cannot be issued in areas designated as urban.
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