Outdoor Burning

FIRE SAFETY BURN BAN STATUS:

BURN BAN CURRENTLY IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

FIRE SAFETY - BURN BAN

Fire safety burn bans in unincorporated Pierce County are declared by the Fire Marshal during long periods of dry weather, normally during July through October. Notice of a burn ban is always given to the news media for broadcast. For more information please call our burn ban line at (253) 798-7278.


WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Due to dry weather, both now and in forecasts, Pierce County’s Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared a countywide burn ban effective Thursday, July 12 at 8 a.m., until further notice.

The burn ban applies to all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning. The ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner’s permission.  The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues are 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, such as hand tools and a charged garden hose or not less than two 5-gallon buckets of water
  • No burning when winds exceed 5 miles per hour

The ban applies only to residents in unincorporated Pierce County. For residents of incorporated Pierce County cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.

If you have an approved burn permit from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and/or your property falls under the jurisdiction of DNR, you are advised to call 1-800-323-BURN for more information.

For current information, please call the Pierce County Burn Ban hotline (253) 798-7278. 

AIR QUALITY BURN BANS

There are two types of burn bans in Pierce County; Fire Safety Burn Ban and Air Quality Burn Ban. Please see the descriptions below.

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Air quality burn bans are issued and enforced by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and are typically issued during colder months, when weather inversions and calm winds are more common. Please contact PSCAA with any questions at 1-800-552-3565 or www.pscleanair.org. To sign up for alerts from PSCAA, click here.


HOW DO I OBTAIN AN OUTDOOR BURNING PERMIT?
OUTDOOR BURNING
Outdoor burning permits can be obtained by your local fire district. Please make sure to contact them before you burn. Use the links on this page under the FIRE DISTRICTS list to access information specific to your fire district.
WHO REGULATES OUTDOOR BURNING IN PIERCE COUNTY?
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