The items listed below are for Urban Growth Boundaries. Click to hide
For piles larger than 10'x10'x6' and land clearing operations a written permit and site inspection is required.
You need to fill out a land clearing permit application, prior to scheduling the site inspection, with the Clark County Fire Marshal.
Depending on the time of year it can take up to a week to schedule the site inspection so please fill out your permit application in advance.
Call (360) 397-2186 for the nearest office location. There is a permit fee. Click to hide
Residential burning is allowed in piles smaller than 10'x10'x6' outside the southern Clark County, Ridgefield,
La Center, Yacolt and Battle Ground no-burn areas with a written permit. If you would like help determining if you are within a no burn area,
please give us a call at (360) 574-3058. These permits can usually be picked up at a local fire department and are generally free. Click to hide
Recreational fires must be 3'x3'x2'. 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 special written permit from SWCAA. Click to hide
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. Click to hide
For Silvicultural burning or burning on unimproved land you may burn piles less than 10 by 10 feet
October 16 through June 30 under the Department of Natural Resources rule burning regulations. During July 1 through October 15, the piles must be
less than 4 by 4 feet. Click to hide
County - Outdoor Burning Information
Effective: October 1, 2013 - All burning is permanently banned in the Southern Clark County no burn area and the cities and surrounding urban growth areas of Vancouver/Camas/Washougal, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center and Yacolt.
Burning is limited to natural vegetation only in the remainder of Clark County. A free permit is necessary for all fires up to 10 x 10 x 6 and can be printed from our website at www.swcleanair.org, or you can obtain a free permit from your local fire station. Piles larger than 10 x 10 x 6 require a written permit from the Clark County Fire Marshal's office; they can be reached at 360-397-2186.
For silvicultural or forest questions contact Dept of Natural Resources at 360-577-2025 or you can call the Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 or 1-800-633-0709 during normal business hours.
For an explanation of the Fire Danger Rating System click here.
WAC 173-425 bans the use of a burn
barrel and prohibits the burning of all material, except
natural vegetation grown on the property and firewood (defined as bare,
untreated wood, not dimensional lumber). This regulation also prohibits
burning during periods of impaired air quality and prohibits outdoor burning
from becoming a nuisance to surrounding neighbors and businesses. Fire
safety burn-bans may also be called by county or local fire protection