Outdoor Burning

In accordance with State regulations, effective January 1, 2007, outdoor burning within the Town of Friday Harbor is no longer allowed. Starting January 1, 2007, residential and land clearing burning will be banned in all urban growth areas (UGAs) in the state of Washington. The new law will also prohibit land-clearing burning in areas with population densities of greater than 1,000 people per square mile.

Residential Burning

Residential burning is a fire meant to dispose of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings.

History of Law

The Washington State Legislature passed the law in 1991 as part of Washington's Clean Air Act, and voted to phase in the ban on residential burning. The ban was originally set to take effect in 2001. This was to give local governments and communities time to develop alternatives to:
  • Burning
  • Chipping
  • Composting
  • Curbside pickup of yard waste
  • Local yard waste disposal stations
  • Seasonal cleanup days
In 1998, the Legislature delayed the ban for smaller communities until January 1, 2007, to give them more time to make these preparations. For communities with populations of 5,000 or more, outdoor burning has been banned since 2001. Garbage burning and burn barrels are illegal everywhere in Washington.

Additional Information

For more information, email the Washington State Department of Ecology