Outdoor Burning Information and Current Burn Bans

Note: All outdoor burning is prohibited during times of impaired air quality, such as during a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Burn Ban.
Please click here to check if there is a Burn Ban in effect.

Is there a temporary or fire safety burn ban in my county? What is the fire danger level where I live? Please call the Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-323-2876 for more information or visit the Department of Natural Resources County Fire Danger site.

WA Burn Ban Map Visit WABurnBans.net to see if thre are any prohibitions against burning in your county.

To find out more about outdoor burning, where you can burn, regulations, and alternatives to burning, please visit the following links:

For outdoor burning information in your area, click on your county below:

Clark County Cowlitz County Lewis County Skamania County Wahkiakum County

Please download the Residential Burn Permit for Cowlitz County (Adobe PDF format) for use when burning piles of natural vegetation greater than four feet by four feet by three feet and less than ten feet by ten feet by six feet. Not applicable in the No Burn Areas of Longview/Kelso, Castle Rock or Woodland. For residential or land clearing burning in unincorporated areas of Lewis County, contact Lewis County Community Development. Before downloading a permit, check with your local fire department or city hall for area-specific restrictions and permits.

To find out if there is a temporary or fire safety burn ban in your county and the current fire danger level, follow the county link below:
Clark Cowlitz Lewis Skamania Wahkiakum


For the most current fire danger status in your area, click here.

Click here for an explanation of the Fire Danger Rating System.

CLARK COUNTY  Effective Date: 12/24/2013

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 more information and maps of the permanent No Burn Areas, click here.


COWLITZ COUNTY  Effective Date: 10/1/2013

All burning is permanently banned within the expanded Longview/Kelso no burn area and in the city limits and urban growth areas of Castle Rock and Woodland.

Burning is limited to natural vegetation only in the remainder of Cowlitz 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 obtained from your local fire station. Piles larger than 10 x 10 x 6 requires a written permit from the Southwest Clean Air Agency.

For silvicultural or forest questions contact Dept of Natural Resources at 360-577-2025. For more information you can contact the Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 or 1-800-633-0709 during normal business hours. For more information and maps of the permanent No Burn Areas, click here.


LEWIS COUNTY  Effective Date: 9/24/2013

All burning is permanently banned in the city limits and urban growth areas of Centralia, Chehalis, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Pe Ell, Toledo, Vader and Winlock.

Burning is limited to natural vegetation only in the remainder of Lewis County. 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 silvicultural or forest questions contact Dept 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 more information and maps of the permanent No Burn Areas, click here.


SKAMANIA COUNTY  Effective Date: 10/1/2013

The seasonal burn ban has been lifted.

Burning is limited to only natural vegetation. A free permit is necessary for all fires up to 10 x 10 x 5 and can be obtained from your local fire station or at the Skamania public works Dept. at 509-427-3910. Piles larger than 10 x 10 x 5 require a written permit from the Southwest Clean Air Agency.

For silvicultural or forest questions contact Dept 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 more information and maps of the permanent No Burn Areas, click here.


WAHKIAKUM COUNTY  Effective Date: 9/20/2013

The seasonal burn ban has been lifted.

Burning is limited to only natural vegetation. A permit is necessary for all Residential and Land Clearing burning and can be obtained from your local public works dept at 360-795-3067.

For silvicultural or forest questions contact Deptartment 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 more information and maps of the permanent No Burn Areas, click here.