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Outdoor Burning

Some residents of Clark County may burn vegetation that was grown on their property.  To determine if you can burn on your property you can check the maps available on the SW Clean Air Agency  website, or you can contact your local fire department.

If you are in an area where burning is allowed you must have a permit.  You can pick up a permit for small fires at your local fire station or you can print the permit from the Clark County Fire Marshall’s website.  The permit is valid for one year.  You must follow the conditions of the permit and have it on site when you burn.  

To burn piles larger than ten feet in diameter you will need to contact the Clark County Fire Marshal for a special permit (360-397-2186). 

All permits are suspended from July 15 to October 1 every year.  Burning is banned during that time to restrict outdoor burning to more fire-safe times of the year. 


Recreational campfires are allowed in approved fire pits in designated camp grounds and on private land.  Recreational fires on private land must be built according to the following regulations:

  • Must be built in a metal, stone or masonry lined fire pit such as those seen at campgrounds or local home and garden stores.  The use of burning barrels is illegal.
  • Fires must not exceed three feet in diameter by two feet in height.
  • Fires must be at least 25 feet from a structure or other combustible material and have at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels such as tree limbs, patio covers or carports.
  • Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years of age with the ability and tools to extinguish the fire; a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
  • Completely extinguish recreational fires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch.