When the fire danger is “low” it means that fuels do not ignite easily from small embers, but a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or dry rotten wood. Fires in open, dry grasslands may burn easily a few hours after a rain, but most wood fires will spread slowly, creeping or smoldering. Control of fires is generally easy.
When the fire danger is “extreme”, fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious and can spread very quickly with intense burning. Small fires become big fires much faster than at the “very high” level. Spot fires are probable, with long-distance spotting likely. These fires are very difficult to fight and may become very dangerous and often last for several days.
When the fire danger is “moderate” it means that fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is usually pretty low. If a fire does start in an open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days. Most wood fires will spread slowly to moderately. Average fire intensity will be moderate except in heavy concentrations of fuel, which may burn hot. Fires are still not likely to become serious and are often easy to control.
When the fire danger is “high”, fires can start easily from most causes and small fuels (such as grasses and needles) will ignite readily. Unattended campfires and brush fires are likely to escape. Fires will spread easily, with some areas of high-intensity burning on slopes or concentrated fuels. Fires can become serious and difficult to control unless they are put out while they are still small.
Residential outdoor burning is allowed with a permit, within the boundaries of Fire District 1.
Free permits allow for fires up to 4 feet in diameter, made of natural vegetation.
Larger burn piles must be inspected before a permit is issued.
Recreational campfires made with seasoned firewood are exempt and do not require a permit.
Burn barrels are not allowed in the state of Washington.
For information on the status of beach campfires please call State Parks at 360-642-3078.
Residential burning is the outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, prunings and other yard and gardening refuse originating on the maintained area of residential property (e.g. lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling) and burned on such lands by the property owner and/or another responsible person.
Land Clearing and Residential Outdoor Burning has been banned in most urban and suburban areas in Washington. Effective January 1, 2007, state law prohibited yard waste and debris burning in all designated Urban Growth Areas (UGA) and their associated cities within the state.
If your home is within one of the highlighted cities or UGAs on the map below (zoom in to check your address), outdoor burning is prohibited.