Recreational Fires

Per WAC 173-425, the only fires allowed within an “urban growth area” are “recreational fires” defined as cooking fires, campfires using charcoal or firewood that occur in designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes.

Current Burn Ban Status

The Valley Regional Fire Marshal follows all burn bans set forth by both the King County Fire Marshal and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. If either agency has declared that a ban is in effect, the VRFA will not allow permitted burning until the ban is lifted.

Burning during a burn ban may result in monetary fines beginning from $2,000 plus the cost of reimbursing the fire department for responding. To report illegal or nuisance burning, call 911.


Recreational Fires

Cooking or camp fires using:

  • Seasoned firewood
  • Bare untreated, processed wood*
  • Charcoal briquettes

Publicly owned areas with designated fire pits do not require a permit from the VRFA.
*Ideally with a moisture content less than 20 percent by weight.


Residential Fires

  • Brush, yard debris, or other vegetation
  • Garbage or plastics
  • Treated materials

Fires used for yard waste or debris disposal purposes are considered residential fires and are prohibited within city limits. Learn how to legally dispose of yard waste through the King County Solid Waste Division’s website.

Burn barrels are illegal in Washington.