Outdoor Burn Regulations

Snohomish County Fire

Fires of recreational size are always permitted unless there is a burn ban in effect. Recreational fires are less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only. Residential Burning is permitted, with a burn permit, unless there is a burn ban in effect. 

Burning in Snohomish County is regulated by the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office (for fire danger) and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (for air quality)

Snohomish County Fire Marshal Office

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency


Request for the Burn Permit

Residential Burning is permitted, with a burn permit, unless there is a burn ban in effect.

Click on the link to Community Connect and create an account, once your account is created you can apply for a burn permit. If you do not want to create an account you can go to the fire station and complete the necessary information for the burn permit request. 

Resident of Fire District 22 can come to Station 68 during regular business hours to obtain a residential burning permit.

Outdoor Burning Regulations and Laws

No person may cause or allow an outdoor fire in an area where the type of burning involved is prohibited under WAC 173-425-040, or where it requires a permit under WAC 173-425-060(2), unless a permit has been issued and is in effect. In addition, the following general requirements apply to all outdoor burning regulated by this chapter, including any outdoor burning allowed without a permit under WAC 173-425-060(2), unless a specific exception is stated in this section:

To Burn in Snohomish County Fire District #22, you must obtain a burn permit. Burn Permits from Fire District 22 are only valid for Fire District 22 Taxpayers/Residents.

(1) Prohibited materials. The following materials may not be burned in any outdoor fire: Garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, paper (other than what is necessary to start a fire), cardboard, treated wood, construction/demolition debris, metal, or any substance (other than natural vegetation) that normally releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or obnoxious odors when burned, except that: (RCW 70.94.775(1) and Attorney General Opinion 1993 #17)

Only natural vegetation can be burned, no lumber or any processed material can be burned.

(b) Ecology or a local air authority may allow the limited burning of prohibited materials for other firefighting instruction fires, including those that are exempt from permits under WAC 173-425-060 (2)(f), and other outdoor burning necessary to protect public health and safety. (RCW 70.94.650(7))

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency may enact an air quality burn ban that would temporarily prohibit outdoor burning even if you have a burn permit.

(2) Hauled material. No outdoor fire may contain material (other than firewood) that has been hauled from an area where outdoor burning of the material is prohibited under WAC 173-425-040. Any outdoor burning of material hauled from areas where outdoor burning of the material is allowed requires an appropriate permit under WAC 173-425-060(2), and any use of property for this purpose on an on-going basis, must be limited to the types of burning listed in WAC 173-351-200 (5)(b) (criteria for municipal solid waste landfills) and approved in accordance with other laws, including chapter 173-304 WAC (Minimum functional standards for solid waste handling) and chapter 173-400 WAC (General regulations for air pollution sources). (RCW 70.94.745(6))

You can only burn material that comes from your property, or property where outdoor burning is allowed.

(3) Curtailments.
(a) No outdoor fire may be ignited in a geographical area where:
(i) Ecology has declared an air pollution episode; (RCW 70.94.775(2) and 70.94.780)
(ii) Ecology or a local air authority has declared impaired air quality; or (RCW 70.94.775(2) and 70.94.780)
(iii) The appropriate fire protection authority has declared a fire danger burn ban, unless that authority grants an exception.

You cannot burn when there is an air quality or fire burn ban.

(b) The person responsible for the fire must contact the permitting agency and/or any other designated source for information on the burning conditions for each day.

You can contact our District, or the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (www.pscleanair.org) regarding air quality or burn ban information.

(4) Unlawful outdoor burning: It is unlawful for any person to cause or allow outdoor burning that causes an emission of smoke or any other air contaminant that is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of any person, that causes damage to property or business, or that causes a nuisance. (RCW 70.94.040, 70.94.650(1), and 70.94.780)

The smoke from your fire cannot cause a nuisance to your neighbors. If the fire is deemed to be a nuisance, the fire must be extinguished.

(5) Burning in outdoor containers. Outdoor containers (such as burn barrels and other incinerators not regulated under WAC 173-400-070(1)) used for outdoor burning, must be constructed of concrete or masonry with a completely enclosed combustion chamber and equipped with a permanently attached spark arrester constructed of iron, heavy wire mesh, or other noncombustible material with openings not larger than one-half inch, and they may only be used in compliance with this chapter.

If not constructed as outlined, the fire must be extinguished.

(6) Other general requirements:
(a) A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times, and the fire must be extinguished before leaving it.
(b) No fires are to be within fifty feet of structures.
(c) Permission from a landowner, or owner’s designated representative, must be obtained before starting an outdoor fire.

You must have someone on site at all times during burning.

Land Clearing Burning is illegal in WA State. WAC 173-425-030 defines land clearing burning as: (9) “Land clearing burning” means outdoor burning of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation from land clearing projects (i.e., projects that clear the land surface so it can be developed, used for a different purpose, or left unused). (RCW 70.94.750(2))

RCW 70.94 is the Washington Clean Air Act which implemented a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors passed a policy which prohibits land clearing as authorized by WAC 173-425-040(5). This policy can be found at www.pscleanair.org. It is under Regulation 1 section 8-13(a)

If you have any further questions regarding outdoor burning within the boundaries of Snohomish County Fire District #22 please contact Fire Chief Travis Hots thots@getchellfire.com or Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Stocker jstocker@getchellfire.com at Station 68 (360) 659-6400.

Communities: Getchell, Sisco Heights, and Lake Cassidy Area


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Arlington, WA


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