Natural Vegetation Burn Permit Information

Mountain View Fire and Rescue Natural Vegetation Burning Permit

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  2. Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
  3. Office: 253-735-0284
  4. Web Site: www.mvfire.org
  5. Permit Valid Through December 31st of Requested Year
    This Natural Vegetation Burning Permit is valid for the burning of natural vegetation only & subject to the rules & regulations of Washington State, King County, Puget Sound Clean Air & Mountain View Fire and Rescue (see RCW 70.94.750, RCW 70.94.743, RCV 52.12.108, JFC 1-10.11.2). Failure to comply with the rules & regulations of this permit may result in the forfeiture of the permit and/or financial restitution to any of the above named agencies for actions taken by the district to mitigate the permittee failure to follow all rules & regulations.
  6. District Boundary & Permit Viability Verification *

    Burn Permits are only valid in Mountain View Fire and Rescue's district boundaries (see map below). No burning within Black Diamond City Limits or any "urban growth development" area is permitted. If a permit is issued/ printed for an address outside of Mountain View Fire and Rescue's district or within Black Diamond City Limits or an Urban Growth Development area the permit is not valid (not eligible for a permit if you live in yellow areas on map below).

  7. Mountain View's Urban Growth Development Area
  8. Burn Permit Info Directions
  9. Natural Vegetation Burning Permit Rules & Regulations
    This permit provides for a single burn pile no larger than four feet by four feet by 3 feet (4' x 4' x 3') at the above address only & is non-transferable. Only leaves, yard clippings, & other yard or gardening vegetation refuse originating on or immediately adjacent to the human dwelling is authorized by this permit. There must be a human dwelling on the property. This permit must be available for inspection by Fire Department Personnel, King County Fire Marshals or Puget Sound Clean Air while the permittee is burning vegetation or upon request. This permit does not seek to regulate cooking fires or recreational fires fueled by seasoned fire wood or charcoal. Restrictions on Outdoor Fires: It is unlawful for any person to cause or allow any outdoor fire; During any stage of any air pollution episode or period of impaired air quality; or containing garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics or any substance which normally emits dense smoke or obnoxious odors; or within fifty (50) feet of any structure, or Inside a barrel or similar container. Combustibles must be cleared to expose mineral soil around the burn pile before a fire is ignited. Conditions that could allow fire to spread to within twenty-five (25) feet of a structure must be eliminated before the fire is ignited. Open fires must be constantly attended by a competent person until the fire is extinguished. A means of extinguishing the fire such as a garden hose connected to a water supply must be readily available while the fire is burning. This permit may be cancelled at any time on complaint of nuisance conditions from smoke or fly ash. The fire must be extinguished immediately when changing weather conditions increase the danger of fire spreading beyond the burn pile. The Fire Chief and/or his designee have the authority to ban any & all burning at any time. No Burning Shall Take Place During The Following Periods: Burn Bans issued by the Fire Department Burn Bans issued by Puget Sound Air Pollution Agency Burning is not permitted in the months of July - September Burning may be limited during the months of June & October.
  10. Rules, Regulations & Laws Confirmation *
  11. Electronic Signature Agreement
    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
  12. Permit Valid:
    This permit is only good within the year in which it was requested (should be printed and dated for the date in which is was completed).
  13. Quick Links

    https://www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/BurnBanInfo.aspx 

    http://www.pscleanair.org/ 

    https://waburnbans.net/recent-burn-bans/category/king/

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  15. This field is not part of the form submission.

Additional Information

Please be a good neighbor & consider some people may have health issues that can be exacerbated by smoke. Observe all restrictions and recommendations in order to reduce the amount of smoke your fire produces.

The current advice from the State of Washington is to postpone or cancel your burn if possible.
“During the COVID-19 crisis, local fire departments and first responders are doing everything they can to protect their own health so that they are ready to protect others. Many people in Washington communities are also extremely concerned about their respiratory health. So before starting an outdoor burn of any type, please consider the potential impacts on your neighbors and on local emergency responders and postpone or cancel your burn if possible.” (https://ecology.wa.gov/Air-Climate/Air-quality/Smoke-fire/Outdoor-residential-burning

There is no cost to obtain a Natural Vegetation Burning Permit from Mountain View Fire and Rescue. Apply for a Burn Permit using the Burn Permit Form (link above). 

All information on the form must be completed in order for the application to be valid.

Permits are valid for the burning of natural vegetation only, with a maximum burn area of 4' x 4' x 3', and subject to the rules and regulations of Washington State, Puget Sound Clean Air, King County and Mountain View Fire and Rescue. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may result in the forfeiture of a permit and/or financial penalties.

This permit is valid for the address submitted for & printed on the Natural Vegetation Burning Permit only and is non-transferable (natural vegetation cannot be moved from one parcel to another for burning). This permit must be available for inspection by Fire Department Personnel while the permittee is burning vegetation.

No Burn Permits can be issued, or are considered valid even if obtained, for properties in the City of Black Diamond or any urban growth development area. State law prohibits burning of yard waste vegetation within City limits.

Recreational fires are permitted (permit not needed) and are for the burning of seasoned fire wood only (no yard debris). Be sure to review the Recreational Fire Information PDF, located on the right side of this page. 

You may also call the Mountain View Fire and Rescue Burn Ban Hotline at: 253-735-0286

Restrictions
It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow any outdoor fire:

  • 3.1 During any stage of any air pollution episode or period of impaired air quality
  • 3.2 Containing garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics or any substance other than natural vegetation which normally emits dense smoke or obnoxious odors
  • 3.3 Other than the following types:
    1. Fires for instruction in the method of fighting fires (except forest fires).
    2. Fires associated with agricultural activities for controlling diseases, insects, weed abatement or development of physiological conditions conducive to increased crop yield, provided written confirmation has been furnished by a designated county extension agent or agricultural specialist designated by the Cooperative Extension Service that burning is the best management practice, and prior written approval has been issued by the Control Officer.

The burn pile must be no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet, by 3 feet tall, and may consist of leaves, clippings, pruning, and other yard and gardening natural vegetation refuse originating on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling and burned on such lands by the property owner or his or her designee, provided a permit has been issued. Open fires must be constantly attended by a competent person until the fire is extinguished. A means of extinguishing the fire such as a garden hose connected to a water supply must be readily available while the fire is burning. The fire must be extinguished immediately when changing weather conditions increase the danger of fire spreading beyond the burn pile.

If a person fails to comply with any provision of this resolution pertaining to fire permits, or of any term or condition of the permit, and as a result of that failure the district is required to suppress a fire, the person is liable to the district to reimburse the costs of the fire suppression services pursuant to RCW 52.12.108.

This permit may be canceled at any time upon violation of conditions, nuisance from smoke or fly ash, or if prevailing weather so warrants. The Fire Chief and/or designee have the authority to ban any and all burning at any time.

Resources
Please visit the following links to stay up-to-date on current Burn Bans imposed by Puget Sound Clean Air and/or the King County Fire Marshal, since the weather may have an impact on burn bans.