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The burn ban is currently NOT in effect as of September 25, 2013.


King County has discontinued its 2012 burn ban. This burn ban applies throughout King County in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas.


When in effect, a 'Phase 1' burn ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner's permission. These fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds;
  • Grow no larger than three feet across;
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including a 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches; and
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual with immediate access to a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

For more information visit the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) Fire Marshal website at: