Cowlitz County Outdoor Burning Information

Residential burning and land clearing burning are permanently banned in all urban growth areas ... Burn barrels are illegal ... they were banned in Washington state April of 2000.           

Can I Burn? (Interactive Burn Map)

For the most accurate answer to "Can I burn?", consult our easy to use Interactive Burn Map. It allows you to select a point on the map or enter your address and obtain complete burning details for that location.

Burn Ban Status

Although a Burn Ban may not be in effect, there are restrictions in what types of burning are permitted. See our Interactive Burn Map for accurate burning information for your address.

All Burning is Banned!

Burning may be restricted due to a Fire Safety Burn Ban called by the Fire Marshal, an Air Quality Burn Ban determined by SWCAA, or a HIGH or VERY HIGH DNR Fire Danger Level. See the Interactive Burn Map section on this page for additional details or contact DNR, the Fire Marshal, or SWCAA for clarification on burn restrictions.

Fire Marshal Fire Safety Burn Ban Status:  A Burn Ban is in Effect  - Effective: 7/15/2024

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DNR Fire Danger Level

HIGH - Effective: 7/10/2024

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Burning Rules
  • WAC 173-425 bans the use of a burn barrel and prohibits the burning of all material, except natural vegetation grown on the property and firewood (defined as bare, untreated wood, not dimensional lumber). This regulation also prohibits burning during periods of impaired air quality and prohibits outdoor burning from becoming a nuisance to surrounding neighbors and businesses. Fire safety burn-bans may also be called by county or local fire protection authorities.
  • Consult your DNR or SWCAA Land Clearing Burn Permit for additional burning information.