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 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
Consult your DNR or SWCAA Land Clearing Burn Permit for additional burning information.
Effective: July 12, 2014 - A burn ban is in effect for residential and land clearing burning beginning August 24, 2011 until further notice.
Also a burn ban is 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.
Recreational fires in approved fire pits are still allowed. The use of gas and propane barbeques and self contained stoves are allowed.
If you would like more information on local fire restrictions you can contact the Lewis County Fire Marshal at 360-740-1146, Department of Natural Resources at 360-577-2025 or you can contact 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