Effective today, August 31 at 1200 (noon), The King County Fire Chiefs Association in coordination with the King County Fire Marshals are terminating the Stage 2 Burn Ban. This will allow burning of small recreational fires to resume. Recent cooler weather, increased humidity, and anticipated precipitation have allowed wildland fuels to recover moisture, and the local wildland fire danger has reduced to a level where it is safe to resume small recreational fires. The Stage I Burn Ban (restrictions), issued in July which covers all other outdoor burning, will remain in effect until further notice.
- Fire Safety/Burn Ban Information
- Air Quality/Burn Ban Information
- Burning Alternatives
- Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
- Department of Natural Resources
Within the city limits of Kent, SeaTac, Covington, Tukwila, 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.
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. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a burn permit.
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.
Outdoor Burning Brochures
24611 116th Avenue SE
Kent, WA 98030
Phone: (253) 856-4300