Outdoor burn bans
Fire Safety Burn Bans
The King County Fire Marshal issues these bans for unincorporated King County in response to hot and/or dry conditions, in coordination with King County cities and other county and state agencies.
In unincorporated King County, burning to clear residential land and burning yard debris are allowed only when no fire safety burn ban has been issued. A burn permit from your local fire district may be required.
Stage 1 Fire Safety Burn Ban
OK to burn:
*May require permit – contact your local fire district
Learn more about recreational fires below.
Definition:Campfires or those in backyard fire pits, using approved firewood for outdoor recreation, ceremonial uses, or cooking.
- Firewood must be seasoned and dry.
- The fire must be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, like those typically found in campgrounds.
- The fire must not be used to dispose of debris.
- The fire must grow no larger than three feet wide.
- The fire must be in a clear spot, at least 10 feet away from all vegetation.
- Overhanging branches must be at least 20 feet above the flames.
- The fire must be at least 25 feet away from any structure.
- The fire must always be attended by an alert person with equipment that can put out the fire (such as a shovel and a five-gallon bucket of water, or a connected and charged water hose).
- After use, campfires must be completely extinguished by pouring water or moist soil over them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch.
- No burning is allowed when the wind speed is greater than 15 miles per hour.
- If smoke or ash from the fire causes a nuisance to any neighbors, the fire must be extinguished.
Stage 2 Fire Safety Burn Ban
Issued when fire danger is critically high
OK to use:
Manufactured portable outdoor devices* like…
- Gas and charcoal grills
- Natural gas or propane appliances like patio warmers
- Wood pellet smokers
*Follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
Remember to carefully dispose of charcoal remains when done—douse thoroughly with water and wait several hours before removing for disposal
Air Quality Burn Bans
- Issued and enforced by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
- When pollution reaches unhealthy levels
- Usually during colder fall and winter months
- Or during summer if there is wildfire smoke
For current Air Quality burn ban status, visit the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency website or call 1-800-595-4341.
Look up your local fire district
Enter your address in King County’s Parcel Viewer. A box will appear with your parcel number and other information about your property. Click on “Districts Report” and look under “King County Electoral districts” for “Fire district.”
Department of Local Services, Permitting Division
35030 SE Douglas Street, Suite 210
Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266
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