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Burn Ban Information

City of Tacoma Burn Ban Status

No fire safety burn ban in effect.

Outdoor Burning Regulations

Recreational fires are allowed in the City of Tacoma when the following conditions have been met and there is no fire safety or clean air burn ban in effect.

 

Recreational Fires

A recreational fire meets all of the following criteria:

  • The fuel is not contained in an outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit.
  • Has a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height.
  • Is for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
  • Is not on public property where fires are prohibited, such as in a park or on school grounds.

Note that fires in Metro Parks are only allowed where specifically authorized, where appropriate burning receptacles are provided and that only use propane or charcoal briquettes as fuel. All other fuel sources, including wood, are specifically prohibited.

 

Use Conditions
  • Only clean natural firewood, charcoal or manufactured fire logs are permissible fuels.
  • Fire extinguisher with a rating of 4-A or greater, or a charged hose with a nozzle attached is required to be readily available.
  • 25-foot distance from any structure is required.
  • If wind creates a hazard of fire spread, the fire shall be extinguished.
  • Vegetation or other combustible material creating a path for fire spread shall be removed prior to starting the fire.
  • Fire shall be attended by an adult at all times.

Fuel Restrictions

  • Burning yard waste is illegal.
  • Burning garbage is illegal.
  • Burning cardboard or paper, except to start a fire, is illegal.
  • Burning building materials (i.e. scrap wood, paint, vinyl flooring, roofing, carpet etc.) is illegal.
  • Burning dead animals is illegal.
  • Burning of plastic, rubber, trash or other prohibited fuel may constitute an unauthorized release of hazardous material to the atmosphere.

Portable Fire Devices with Open Flames

A non-combustible device such as a fire pit, fire bowl or chiminea that contains the fire.

 

Use Conditions
  • Only clean natural firewood, charcoal, manufactured fire logs or LPG are permissible fuels.
  • Fire extinguisher with a rating of 4-A or greater, or a charged hose with a nozzle attached is required to be readily available.
  • 15-foot distance from any structure is required.
  • Fire shall be attended by an adult at all times.

Permits Required

A Tacoma Fire Department Bonfire Permit is required for open fires with a fuel volume exceeding three feet in diameter and two feet in height with more restrictive conditions. There is a permit fee associated with this activity. Please complete the Bonfire Permit or call (253) 591-5740.

  • A permit is not required for ceremonial underground cooking fires.
  • A permit is not required for recreational fires as previously defined.

Enforcement

  • All illegal or unattended fires shall be extinguished immediately.
  • Causing a nuisance is illegal. If the smoke from the fire bothers the neighbors, damages their property or otherwise causes a nuisance, the fire shall be extinguished. WAC 173-425-050.
  • Violation of a Burn Ban Order is subject to citation from the Tacoma Fire Department and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
  • Burning illegal fuel is subject to citation from the Tacoma Fire Department and Puget Sound Clean Air.
  • Violation of the Fire Code is a misdemeanor with penalties up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.
  • Puget Sound Clean Air notice of violation fine of up to $1,000 per occurrence.

For more information about air quality burn bans, visit the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency website or call (800) 552-3565.



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Contact Information

Fire Prevention Division
3471 S. 35th St.
Tacoma, WA 98409

Phone: (253) 591-5740
Fax: (253) 594-7943
E-mail

Business Hours

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM