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Cowlitz County Outdoor Burn Information


Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are legal in Cowlitz County as long as they follow the county guidelines:

  1. The landowner must give permission for the recreational fire
  2. Fire is a maximum size of 3'x3'x2' and is in an improved pit lined with metal stone or masonry
  3. Fire is burning clean, seasoned firewood or charcoal only: no brush or yard debris
  4. Fire is supervised at all times by someone 16 years of age or older
  5. There are tools to extinguish the fire: a charged hoseline or a five-gallon bucket of water and a shovel
  6. The fire does not create a smoke nuisance

Brush and Yard Debris

Do you have brush or yard debris to burn?
You need a burn permit, and you must reside outside of the permanent No-Burn area.

Download a burn permit here or pick one up at our Headquarters Station, 701 Vine St, Kelso.

Check your address here.

Burning garbage or the use of a burn barrel is ALWAYS illegal in Washington State.

The Cowlitz County Burn Ban is in effect every year from July 15 through September 30. No burning is allowed during the ban, except for recreational fire pits. The Cowlitz County Fire Marshal may extend the ban depending on fire conditions. More information about regulations in Cowlitz County can be found here.