Wahkiakum 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 Wahkiakum 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. Recreational fires in excess of 3'x3'x2' need a large fire permit. Contact Chuck Beyer for a permit at (360) 795-3067 or toll free at (360) 465-2654. There is no fee for the large fire permit.

Residential Burning

Piles under 4'x4'x3' need a small fire permit. These permits can usually be picked up at a local fire department or town hall. If your area does not provide these permits you can call Chuck Beyer at (360) 795-3067 or toll free at (360) 465-2654 to request a copy of the permit. There is currently no fee for the permit. Permit

Land Clearing Burning

For piles larger than 4'x4'x3' and land clearing operations you need to call Chuck Beyer at (360) 795-3067 or toll free at (360) 465-2654 to request a large fire permit. There is currently no permit fee.

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.

Areas Where Burning is Not Allowed

WAC 173-425-040(3)(4)(5) prohibits outdoor burning in cities with a population of greater than 10,000, adjacent areas with a population density of one thousand or more persons per square mile, and areas with a reasonable alternative to burning.

Currently there are not areas in Wahkiakum County that meet any of these criteria.