Update: The burn ban has not been lifted yet. Wahkiakum County will be meeting with the Department of Natural Resources and all of the other counties in Southwest Washington on Septmeber 30, 2021 to determine when the burn ban will be lifted. Check back here after September 30th for an update.
Burn Ban Effective 12:01 AM Friday June 25, 2021 until Further Notice!
Can I Burn Today?
Prior to burning you must call the Wahkiakum County Sherriff's office (360-795-3242) and give them your address for their daily list of burn site locations.
Click on this link to sign up for burn ban notifications. You can choose to have the notices sent as an email, text message or a phone call. You can also select to receive notifications for the ferry, road conditions, bus schedule, health department, and emergency services.
If you have questions about signing up for notifications or need help, call the Building & Planning Department at 360-795-3067.
Other places to find burn ban notices without signing up for notifications:
Burn Ban notices will be posted at the top of this web page when they are active.
Burn Ban notices will be posted on The Wahkiakum County Sherriff's Facebook page.
Prohibited Materials : Know Before You Burn!
If I witness someone burning Prohibited Materials who do I report it to?
Contact the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's office at: 370-795-3242
Contact Southwest Clean Air Agency at:
360-574-3058 or 1-800-633-0709
Link to the Southwest Clean Air Agency submit a Complaint Form
Link to Southwest Clean Air Agency Wahkiakum Information Page
Burn Barrel Use Prohibited
The use of a burn barrel was banned in the State of Washington effective April 13, 2000.
Burning garbage has been illegal in the State of Washington since 1967.
Link to the entire Outdoor Burning Ordinance
Residential (Small) Burning Permits
Land Clearing (Large) Burning
|Size:||Piles under 4 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet||Piles larger than 4 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet|
|Valid Date Range:||Valid through December 31st in the current calendar year.||Valid for 30 days. Permit can be renewed over the phone by calling 360-795-3067. Permits can't be renewed into the following calendar year. A new application must be filled out each year.|
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Permits are also available through your local fire department, or town hall or at the Building & Planning Department, third floor of the Wahkiakum County Courthouse. There is currently no fee for the permit.
Slash Burning Permits
Slash burning is handled by the Department of Natural Resources, not by Wahkiakum County.
This link provides more information from the Department of Natural Resources.
Recreational Fire Pits
Link to the Fire Pit Standards for recreational fire pits.
Contact the Wahkiakum County Building & Planning Department with questions regarding burn permits: 360-795-3067