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Outdoor Burning


On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide state of emergency relating to the growing risk of wildfires, including a statewide prohibition on most outdoor and agricultural burning through September 30, 2021. See article

What you need to know about outdoor burning

Outdoor burning is not allowed within the cities of Kent, SeaTac, Covington, Maple Valley, and in some areas of unincorporated King County. Outdoor burning locations are mandated by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

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Recreational Fires

Within the city limits of Kent, SeaTac, Covington, and Maple Valley, as well as unincorporated King County (Fire Districts #37 and #43), recreational fires are allowed on your own private property and in designated locations in some public parks.

Recreational burning means cooking fires and campfires using only charcoal briquets or dry-seasoned firewood. Fires in chimineas, fire pits, and similar free-standing devices fall under this classification.

The location of open burning shall not be any less than 50 feet from structures.

Always have equipment on hand to control the fire, such as water, hose, buckets, shovel, etc.


  • Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet from a structure.
  • The minimum distance from a structure shall be 25-feet where the pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet in height.


Permitted Burning

Puget Sound Fire allows burning twice a year (May and October) in certain areas of Fire District #37 (unincorporated King County) by fire burning permit only. Outdoor burning is allowed year round in Fire District #43 (unincorporated King County). Fire burning permits are free and can be picked up at any of our east hill fire stations or the Fire Administration office.

Burning during the months of May and October is subject to burn bans and other restrictions.

Please call Fire Administration at (253) 856-4300 if you are interested in burning, and to see if you are in an area that allows burning.

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