The fire danger has been set to low on Vashon Island. We have seen enough additional rainfall during September and October to lower the fire safety level to LOW. Burn permits are still required to be maintained on the property where burning is to occur. They can be found for free to download on VIFR.org under "Fire Safety". While recreation and residential burning is allowed, it is never acceptable to burn garbage or treated lumber.
1. Check the current Burn Status by calling the VIFR Burn Line at 463-9495, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at
1-800-595-4341 or http://www.pscleanair.org for air quality information. For additional King County information,
please check http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/BurnBanInfo.aspx.
2. Residential burning is permitted sunrise to sunset. Only one pile shall be burned at any one time. Each pile must
be extinguished before lighting another pile. NO burning within fifty (50) feet of structures, near or under trees or
wood fence. The fire must not include materials hauled from other properties.
3. Residential burning is defined as an outdoor fire no larger than four (4) feet by (4) feet in Diameter by three (3)
feet in height consisting of leaves, clippings, pruning, and other yard and garden refuse originating on lands
immediately adjacent and in close proximity to the dwelling and burned on such lands by the property owner
or his/her designee. BURN ONLY NATURAL VEGETATION. The fire shall not contain treated or untreated lumber,
garbage, plastic, dead animals, petroleum products, paint, etc., or any substance that emits dense smoke or
obnoxious odors. Petroleum products MAY NOT be used to start or intensify the fire.
4. The area around the pile must be cleared. Burn barrels are prohibited for all uses in Washington State.
5. Judgment regarding wind conditions must be used to prevent the spread of fire or unpleasant emissions to
neighboring homes. A fan may be used to insure a hot clean burning fire.
6. Cooking/Recreational burning means an outdoor fire no larger than three (3) feet in diameter by two (2) feet in
height consisting of charcoal or dry seasoned firewood, (not debris), used for cooking or campfires that occur in
designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure or ceremonial purposes.
7. A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times. The fire must be extinguished before
leaving it unattended.
8. Adequate water must be available such as a charged garden hose or enough water containers to completely
extinguish the fire.
9. Beach fires can only be burned below the high tide line on your own property or with the permission of the
10. UNLAWFUL OUTDOOR BURNING; It is unlawful for any person to cause or allow outdoor burning that causes an
emission of smoke or any other air contaminant that is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare or any person
that causes damage to property or business, or that causes a nuisance.
RCW70.94.040, RCW70.94.650, RCW70.94.730, RCW70.94.040, RCW70.94.6501, and RCW70.94.730
11. Any person responsible for unlawful odor burning must immediately extinguish the fire.
12. Any person affected by outdoor burning may file a complaint by contacting VIFR or Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
13. VIFR is authorized to inspect the burning site at any time while burning is being conducted without notification.
In responding to an outdoor burn complaint, VIFR will attempt to determine if the burning is unlawful. This may
include but not limited to considering whether the bur