Lewis County Outdoor Burning Information

Burn Barrel Use Prohibited

The use of a burn barrel was banned in the State of Washington effective April 13, 2000. Burning garbage has been illegal in the State of Washington since 1967.

Recreational Fires

Recreational fires under 3'x3'x2' are still allowed in all of Lewis County without a permit. Only charcoal or seasoned firewood (no lumber) may be used as fuel for a recreational fire. Recreational fires must be used solely for recreational purposes and may not be used for disposal of yard debris or any other material. Recreational fires may not cause a smoke or odor nuisance to surrounding properties and are subject to burn bans. Recreational fires larger than 3'x3'x2' inside no burn areas need a written permit from SWCAA.

Unincorporated Lewis County (Outside City Limits and Urban Growth Areas)

All burn piles, land clearing and residential, in unincorporated Lewis County require a free permit from Lewis County Community Development. Pile size varies with seasonal restrictions as outlined in the Lewis County Open Burn Permit. Call Lewis County Community Development at 360-740-1146 for more information or visit the Lewis County website to download a free permit.

Incorporated Lewis County (Inside City Limits or Urban Growth Areas)

After January 1, 2007 No burning, except recreational fires smaller than 3'x3'x2' (no lumber or yard debris) will be allowed inside incorporated cities or their Urban Growth Areas. Cities included in the burn ban are Centralia, Chehalis, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Pe Ell, Toledo, Vader and Winlock. For more information call SWCAA at 1-800-633-0709.

Areas Where Burning is Not Allowed

WAC 173-425 prohibits outdoor burning in cities with a population of greater than 10,000 and their Urban Growth Areas. Prohibitions also apply to adjacent areas with a population density of 1,000 or more persons per square mile and areas with a reasonable alternative to burning. As of January 1, 2007 urban growth areas for incorporated cities with populations less than 5,000 also become no burn areas.

Centralia/Chehalis and their surrounding Urban Growth Areas meet the first of these criteria therefore burning was permanently banned, with the exception of recreational fires under 3'x3'x2', within the Urban Growth Areas of Centralia/Chehalis since January 1, 2001. This no-burn area may be expanded in the future. Call SWCAA at 1-800-633-0709 for more information.

As of January 1, 2007, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Pe Ell, Toledo, Vader, Winlock and their surrounding Urban Growth Areas become no burn areas, with the exception of recreational fires smaller than 3'x3'x2' (no lumber, yard debris or garbage). Land clearing burning will be prohibited in all areas of the state with a population density of 1,000 or more persons per square mile as of January 1, 2007.

Silvicultural Burning

For all silvicultural/forest practice burning call the Pacific Cascades Region of the Department of Natural Resources at 360-575-5089. There is a permit fee.

Agricultural Burning

To qualify for agricultural burning inside the no-burn boundaries you must have filed a "Schedule F" with your federal income tax. Orchard prunings alone do not qualify for an agricultural burn and other restrictions apply (WAC 173-430). Call SWCAA for detailed information, forms and possible fees. For more information about this program, click here.