The items listed below are for Permanent No Burn Areas. Click to hide
All burn piles, land clearing and residential, in unincorporated Lewis County require a free permit from Lewis County Community Development. Pile size varies with seasonal restrictions as outlined in the Lewis County Open Burn Permit. Call Lewis County Community Development at 360-740-1146 for more information or visit the Lewis County website to download a free permit. Click to hide
After January 1, 2007 No burning, except recreational fires smaller than 3'x3'x2' (no lumber or yard debris) will be allowed inside incorporated cities or their Urban Growth Areas. Cities included in the burn ban are Centralia, Chehalis, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Pe Ell, Toledo, Vader and Winlock. For more information call SWCAA at 1-800-633-0709. Click to hide
Recreational fires under 3'x3'x2' are still allowed in all of Lewis County without a permit. Only charcoal or seasoned firewood (no 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 and are subject to burn bans. Recreational fires larger than 3'x3'x2' inside no burn areas need a 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 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. Click to hide

Lewis 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 a HIGH or VERY HIGH 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 
Effective: 6/18/2015

Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger LevelHIGH
Effective: 6/18/2015

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

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 authorities.


Location Map Land Clearing Residential Recreational Agricultural Silvicultural
Centralia No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO
Chehalis No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO
Morton No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO
Mossyrock No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO
Napavine No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO
Pe Ell No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO
Toledo No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO
Vader No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO
Winlock No Burn Area NO NO NO NO NO

* Recreational Fires may still be allowed within City Limits.
Contact your local Fire Department for information!

Additional Outdoor Burning Information