SILVICULTURAL OUTDOOR BURNING

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUTDOOR BURNING

The Department of Natural Resources regulates outdoor burning on all forestlands where DNR provides wildfire protection. DNR provides fire protection to 13 million acres of undeveloped non-federal forestland across the state.

Your forested property is within DNR protection if you pay a forest fire protection assessment as part of your property tax. If you are unsure, check your county property tax statement or contact local DNR region office.

When There Is No Burn Ban, Burning On DNR-Protected Lands May Be Allowed If:

  • You are the landowner of the property where the burning will occur, or you have obtained written permission to burn on the property from the landowner or the landowner’s designated representative, and
  • Prohibited materials are not burned, which includes: garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, treated wood, metal or any substance other than natural vegetation, which when burned releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or odors. This also includes yard and garden materials from improved property, and
  • The burning will not occur within the boundary of an Urban Growth Area unless the purpose of burning is to improve or maintain fire dependent ecosystems for rare plants or animals, and
  • You follow the Rule Burn or Permit Burn (see below).

DO YOU NEED A BURN PERMIT?

Rule Burn

Burning Is Allowed Without A Permit If You Follow These Rules. If any of these rules cannot be met, you will need a Burn Permit from DNR.


Permit Burn

For burn piles that do not meet the requirements of a Rule Burn, a Burn Permit is needed from DNR. DNR does not permit burning of debris from land clearing operations.

SUBMIT THE APPROPRIATE BURN PERMIT APPLICATION TO YOUR LOCAL DNR REGION OFFICE.

DNR Brochure on burning outdoors in northeast Washington