Recreational Fire Regulations

The only fires allowed within Auburn, Algona, and Pacific city limits are recreational fires defined as cooking fires or campfires using firewood or charcoal, that occur in designated areas or on private property, for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes (ref. WAC 173-425). Fires used for yard waste or debris disposal purposes are considered residential fires and are prohibited within city limits

Obtain a Burn Permit


Recreational Fires Okay

Recreational burning is permitted while the burn ban status is off.

The VRFA Fire Marshal follows all burn bans set forth by the KC Fire Marshal and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.


If there is no burn ban in effect, residents can obtain educational burn permits for Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are defined as cooking or camp fires using:
  • Seasoned firewood
  • Manufactured logs
  • Charcoal briquettes

Publicly owned areas with designated fire pits do not require a permit from the VRFA.


Residential Fires are always prohibited within city limits

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

Fires used for land-clearing, yard waste or debris disposal purposes are illegal. Learn how to legally dispose of yard waste through the King County Solid Waste Division.

Obtain a Burn Permit

Recreational fire permits are considered to be an educational permit and no associated fee is charged to the individual obtaining the permit.

Rules for Outdoor Burning

  • Check for burn bans prior to your scheduled burn
  • Fire must be contained in a fire pit constructed of concrete, metal, or other non-combustible material
  • Fire must be no larger than (3) three feet in diameter and no more than (2) two feet in height
  • A responsible adult of sound judgment must attend to the fire at all times
  • A hose with a reliable water supply must be readily available, able to reach at least 10 feet beyond the fire pit
  • Fire pits are not allowed within 25 feet of any structure, property line, public way (streets etc.) or other combustible material

Be A Good Neighbor

You are responsible for the smoke from your fire. If smoke from any outdoor fire impacts or unreasonably interferes with the use or enjoyment of surrounding or adjacent property, it is considered a nuisance and you must stop burning when notified.

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.