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Outdoor Burning Regulations and Information

Call 482-2812 with your outdoor burning questions if you live in the City

If you do not live within the City of Elma call Grays Harbor County at 249-5579.

The Elma City Council has adopted, by reference, the state regulations relating to outdoor burning. The Council did so to ensure local enforcement of the rules, rather than relying upon the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency.

 

Residential Burning Rules

Residential burning, as defined below, does not require a permit, but must conform to the following conditions. If a fire is found to not conform to these conditions the City of Elma Fire Marshal will order that the fire be immediately extinguished and penalties may be assessed. Land clearing requires a permit from the applicable permitting agency.

 

Definitions

"Residential burning" means the outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, prunings and other yard and gardening refuse originating on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling and burned on such lands by the property owner or his or her designee. (WAC 173-425-030)

Conditions for Residential Burning (WAC 173-425-060(5)

  • The person responsible for the fire must contact the permitting agency and/or any other designated source for information on the burning conditions for each
  • A fire may not be ignited, and must be extinguished, if an air pollution episode, impaired air quality condition, or fire danger burn ban that applies to the burning, is declared for the
  • The fire must not include garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, paper (other than what is necessary to start a fire), cardboard, treated wood, construction/demolition debris, metal, or any substance (other than natural vegetation) that normally releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or obnoxious odors when
  • The fire must not include materials hauled from another
  • If any emission from the fire is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of any person, if it causes damage to property or business, or if it causes a nuisance, the fire must be extinguished
  • A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times, and the fire must be extinguished before leaving
  • No fires are to be within fifty feet of
  • Permission from a landowner, or owner's designated representative, must be obtained before starting an outdoor
  • Any burn pile must not be larger than four feet by four feet by three
  • Only one pile at a time may be burned, and each pile must be extinguished before lighting
  • If an outdoor container is used for burning, it must be constructed of concrete or masonry with a completely enclosed combustion chamber and equipped with a

 

permanently attached spark arrester constructed of iron, heavy wire mesh, or other noncombustible material with openings notlarger than one-half inch.

  • No fire is permitted within five hundred feet of forest

Burn barrels are prohibited by state law and by the Uniform Fire Code (UFC) as adopted by the City. Containers used for outdoor burning, must be constructed of concrete or masonry with a completely enclosed combustion chamber and equipped with a permanently attached spark arrester constructed of iron, heavy wire mesh, or other noncombustible material with openings not larger than one-half inch, and they may only be used in compliance with this chapter.(WAC173-425-050(5).

Land Clearing Burning Rules

All land clearing fires require a burning permit issued by the appropriate agency.

If the land clearing burning is to occur on property subject to the state fire protection assessment (generally, any land of more than 1/100 of an acre with vegetation on it) you must obtain a permit from the state Department of Natural Resources.

Land clearing burning on other properties within the City requires a burning permit issued by the City.

Violations of state and City outdoor burning regulations are subject to penalties.

Questions relating to outdoor burning within the City limits should be directed to the Fire Department at (360)482-2812.

Those who do not live within the City must contact Grays Harbor County with their outdoor burning questions at (360)249-5579.