Skamania 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 4'x4'x3' are still allowed in all of Skamania County without a permit. Only charcoal or seasoned firewood (not 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. For recreational fires in excess of 4'x4'x3' a small fire permit is required. These permits can be picked up at your local fire station or town hall and are free. If your area does not provide these permits contact the Skamania County Fire Marshal at 509-427-3920.

Debris Burning

All debris burning (natural vegetation only) under 10'x10'x5' requires a small fire permit. Piles of natural vegetation larger than 4'x4'x3' but smaller than 10'x10'x5' are only allowed October 1 through June 30. Piles of natural vegetation under 4'x4'x3' are allowed year round except during a fire danger burn ban.

These permits are currently available at your local fire station or town hall and are generally free. If your area does not provide these permits contact the Skamania County Fire Marshal at 509-427-3920.

Land Clearing Burning

Outside the no burn areas, burn piles larger than 10'x10'x5' require a land clearing burn permit from SWCAA. There is a $100.00 fee. The burn permit application can be down loaded in PDF and printed out. You may then mail the completed application with the fee to SWCAA or you may call SWCAA at 1-800-633-0709 to schedule an office visit and obtain the permit the day of your appointment. Payment may be made by way of check, cash, money order, or card.

Agricultural Burning

To qualify for agricultural burning 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 at 360-574-3058 for detailed information, forms and possible fees.

Silvicultural Burning

For all silvicultural/forest practice burning call the Pacific Cascades Region of the Department of Natural Resources at 360-577-2025. There is a permit fee.