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Fire prevention
Outdoor burning

Due to wildfire forecasts, the outdoor burn ban is in effect from June 23, 2015 through September 30, 2015.

Permits are required for burning yard debris and land clearing - in areas where burning is allowed. Outdoor burning is not permitting during the summer months, when the fire danger level tends to be high.

Can I burn on my property?

Outdoor burning of yard debris or for land clearing purposes is illegal within city limits and urban growth areas. To determine if you can burn on your property, view the No Burn Area maps online or contact the Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCCA) at (360) 574-3058.

Recreational and cooking fires up to 3'x3'x2' are still allowed in unincorporated Clark County without a permit. Only charcoal or seasoned firewood (not lumber) may be used as fuel for a recreational fire. Recreational fires must be located at least 25 feet from structures, vegetation, and other combustibles. Recreational fires larger than 3'x3'x2' need a special written permit from SWCAA.

Burn barrels may not be used at any time in Clark County.

What types of materials can I burn?

In areas where burning is allowed, only natural vegetation grown on the property and small amounts of paper necessary to start a fire can be burned.

Burning permits

Small debris piles (less than 10 feet in diameter)
Permits for small open burning fires can be obtained online or at your local fire district station.

Land clearing and large debris piles
Burning permits for general land clearing and for debris piles in excess of 10 feet in diameter can be obtained for a fee at the Permit Services Center, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver. A fire marshal inspection is required prior to burning.

Fire Safety

Fire safety is everyone's responsibility! All outdoor fires must be constantly attended by an adult until the fire is extinguished. Provide adequate means for extinguishing a fire and keep it readily available. Don't burn if wind conditions make it hazardous to do so. Adhere to the fire safety requirements listed on your permit.



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