Chapter 15.06


15.06.010  Definitions.

15.06.020  Outdoor burning prohibited.

15.06.030  Exemptions.

15.06.040  General requirements for recreational fires.

Legislative history: Ord. 85-82.

15.06.010 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 control of emissions from the combustion. For the purposes of this rule, "outdoor burning" means all types of outdoor burning except recreational fires.

B. "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. Fires used for debris disposal purposes are not considered recreational fires. Recreational fires shall have a maximum total fuel area that is less than three feet in diameter and two feet in height. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

15.06.020 Outdoor burning prohibited.

All outdoor burning within the city is prohibited with the exception of recreational fires as defined in MCMC 15.06.010.

Subject to the exemptions set forth in this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow any outdoor fire within the city of Mill Creek and any such outdoor fire is hereby declared a public nuisance. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

15.06.030 Exemptions.

The following outdoor fires are exempt from the restriction contained in MCMC 15.06.020:

A. Recreational fires.

B. Fires from torches, incense burners, insect pots, flares and smokeless waste gas burners.

C. Fires for instruction of public officials in methods of fire fighting, testing fire resistance of materials, or testing fire protection equipment, provided prior written approval has been issued by the control officer of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the city manager or his authorized representative. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

15.06.040 General requirements for recreational fires.

The following general requirements for recreational fires shall be maintained at all times:

A. An adult 18 years of age or older who is capable of extinguishing the fire must be in attendance at all times, and the fire must be extinguished before leaving it.

B. Permission from the landowner, or owner’s designated representative, must be obtained before starting a recreational fire. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)