The items listed below are for All of Skamania County. Click to hide
For piles larger than 10'x10'x5' and land clearing operations, call the Southwest
Clean Air Agency at 1-800-633-0709 for a land clearing burning permit application. The burn permit application can be downloaded in PDF,
printed out and then mailed, faxed or hand-delivered to SWCAA. A site visit is no longer required so a permit can be issued same day with
a visit to SWCAA's office in Vancouver. The permit fee of $100 must be paid to SWCAA prior to issuance of the permit. Click to hide
All debris burning (natural vegetation only) under 10'x10'x5' requires a small fire permit.
Piles of natural vegetation larger than 4'x4'x3' but smaller than 10'x10'x5' are only allowed October 1 through June 30. Piles of natural
vegetation under 4'x4'x3' are allowed year round except during a fire danger burn ban.
These permits are currently available at your local fire station or town hall and are generally free. If your area does not provide these
permits contact the Skamania County Fire Marshal at 509-427-3920. Click to hide
Recreational fires under 4'x4'x3' are still allowed in all of Skamania County without a permit.
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. For recreational fires in excess of 4'x4'x3' a small fire permit is required. These permits can be picked up at your
local fire station or town hall and are free. If your area does not provide these permits contact the Skamania County Fire Marshal at
509-427-3920. Click to hide
To qualify for agricultural burning 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
Skamania 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 1, 2014 - Effective July 1 all burning is banned through September 30. This includes all land clearing burn permits, residential and silvicultural burning.
Recreational fires in designated campgrounds and private land are allowed if built in approved fire pits, are less than 3 x 2 and use only seasoned firewood or charcoal. No yard debris.
If you would like more information on local fire restrictions you can contact Skamania County at 509-427-3920 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