Chapter 8.28


8.28.010    Provisions to be additional.

8.28.020    Definitions.

8.28.021    Restrictions – Prohibitions.

8.28.022    Exemptions.

8.28.030    Repealed.

8.28.040    Repealed.

8.28.010 Provisions to be additional.

This chapter shall be in addition to the rules, regulations, provisions and procedures as employed by King County Fire District No. 16 and the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency. (Ord. 873 § 1, 2002; Ord. 428 § 1, 1989)

8.28.020 Definitions.

A. “Outdoor burning” means the combustion of material of any type in an open fire or in an outdoor container without providing for the control of combustion or the emission from the combustion. It includes residential burning, recreational fires, fire fighting instruction fires, and land clearing burning.

B. “Residential burning” means the outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, prunings and other yard and gardening refuse originating on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a single-family residence and burned on such lands by the property owner or his or her designee.

C. “Recreational fire” means cooking fires, campfires, and bonfires using charcoal or firewood that occur in designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes, as well as torches, incense burners, insect pots, flares and smokeless waste gas burners. Fires used for debris disposal are not considered recreational fires.

D. “Fire fighting instruction fires” means fires for instruction in methods of fire fighting, including, but not limited to, training to fight structural fires, testing fire resistance of materials, or testing fire protection equipment.

E. “Land clearing burning” means outdoor burning of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation from land clearing projects (i.e., projects that clear the land surface so it can be developed, used for a different purpose, or left unused).

F. “Indoor fire” means the burning of materials in any enclosed or confined area. (Ord. 873 § 2, 2002; Ord. 472 § 2, 1991; Ord. 428 § 2, 1989)

8.28.021 Restrictions – Prohibitions.

A. Outdoor burning and indoor fires are subject to curtailment by declarations of an air pollution episode, impaired air quality, or fire danger burn ban by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency, or King County Fire District No. 16.

B. The following materials shall not be burned, either indoors or outdoors: plastics, rubber, paints, wastes, petroleum products, or painted or treated wood, such as utility poles, railroad ties, plywood and pressboard and any other material that is identified hereafter by the state of Washington, or the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency, as a prohibited fuel.

C. Residential burning and land clearing burning are prohibited.

D. It is unlawful for any person to cause or allow any outdoor burning within the city.

E. Any fire in violation of this chapter is declared a nuisance. (Ord. 873 § 3, 2002)

8.28.022 Exemptions.

A. Recreational fires are exempt from LFPMC 8.28.021(D); provided, that the total fuel area is less than three feet in diameter and two feet in height.

B. Fire fighting instruction fires are exempt from LFPMC 8.28.021(B) and (D); provided, prior written approval has been issued by the control officer of the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency and the city administrator or the administrator’s authorized representative. (Ord. 873 § 4, 2002)

8.28.030 Land clearing – Permit requirements.

Repealed by Ord. 873. (Ord. 428 § 3, 1989)

8.28.040 Violation – Penalty.*

Repealed by Ord. 784. (Ord. 428 § 4, 1989)

*Code reviser’s note: Penalty provisions can be found in Chapter 8.90 LFPMC.