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

Clark County - Outdoor Burning Information
(Outdoor burning is permanently banned in all urban growth areas)

All Burning is Banned!

Burning may be restricted due to a Fire Safety Burn Ban called by the Fire Marshal, an Air Quality Burn Ban determined by SWCAA, or an other than LOW DNR Fire Danger Level. See the CAN I BURN? section on this page for additional details or contact DNR, the Fire Marshal, or SWCAA for clarification on burn restrictions.


Fire Marshal Fire Safety Burn Ban Status:  A Burn Ban is in Effect 

SWCAA Air Quality Burn Ban Status:  No Burn Ban is in Effect 


Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger LevelMODERATE

Consult your DNR or SWCAA Land Clearing Burn Permit for additional burning information.


Effective: July 15, 2014 - A Burn Ban is in effect for residential and land clearing burning beginning July 15 through September 30.

Recreational fires in approved fire pits are still allowed. The use of gas and propane barbeques and self contained stoves are allowed. For more information contact the Clark County Fire Marshal's office at 360-397-2186 or you can contact the Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 during normal business hours.

A burn ban is also in effect July 1 through September 30 on all forest lands under Department of Natural Resources jurisdiction. If you have Questions, contact the Pacific Cascade Region office at 360-575-5089.

For an explanation of the DNR 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 authorities.

CAN I BURN?

Location Map Land Clearing Residential Recreational Agricultural Silvicultural
Battle Ground Inside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Battle Ground Outside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Camas / Washougal Inside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Camas / Washougal Outside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
La Center Inside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
La Center Outside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Ridgefield Inside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Ridgefield Outside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Vancouver Outside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Vancouver Permanent No Burn Area   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Yacolt Inside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO
Yacolt Outside UGA   NO NO ALLOWED NO NO

Click for Enlarged Clark County North and Clark County South no-burn Maps

Additional Outdoor Burning Information