Burning Restrictions

Burning Restrictions

Burn Ban: June 1st through September 30th
Open Burning: October 1, 2023, through May 31, 2024

What is an Urban Growth Area?
Manson Community Urban Growth Boundry Map 

Urban Growth area is a term used by cities and counties to define where home and business development is allowed.  More development is allowed inside an Urban Growth area. For example, four houses per acre might be allowed in the Urban Growth area, while only one house per five acres might be allowed outside the area.

Why Can’t I burn?
Outdoor burning regulations for Urban Growth areas are required by law and are set by the WA State Legislature.

What is outdoor burning?
“Outdoor burning” is burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush, limbs, and other yard debris.  It is also burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery or other natural vegetation.

Is garbage burning and burn barrels banned?
Yes, banned in 2000; Burn barrels and garbage burning.

If I’m outside the Urban Growth area, can I still burn?
Yes, In Chelan County Fire District # 5, natural vegetation only and only when outdoor burning is allowed.

Yard burn piles must only be 4 x 4 x 3 feet and at least one person must be on burn site once lit. Check the current weather report, do not burn with WIND in the forecast, 5 mph or higher. Fires must be extinguished by dusk.

Orchard Burn/Land Clearing, removal of trees and or stumps to clear land for development call: Department of Ecology for a permit (509-575-2490).

Orchard Burn that is not land clearing (prunings) does not need a permit.

Before you do any burning, you MUST contact WA Department of Ecology for the “Daily Burn Decision” to confirm it is a burn day: (800-406-5322) – Recording Option #1 for central region of the State and Option #2 for Chelan County. D.O.E website: https://ecology.wa.gov/

What can’t I burn?
No household trash or garbage, automobile parts, petroleum-based products such as tires, building/construction debris, roofing materials and plastic containers or any other material that emits dense smoke or noxious odor.

What kind of burning is allowed inside the Urban Growth Area?
Farm and orchard burning (with permit) and campfires are allowed depending on the current Fire Hazard level.

Approved Fire Pit’s for Campfires 
Fire Pits are allowed inside Urban Growth only when outdoor burning is allowed.

If I can’t burn, what should I do with all my yard waste?

  • Compost
  • Chip Waste
  • Haul to yard waste disposal station
  • Hold a community-wide or neighborhood clean-up-day

Who should I call if someone is burning and they’re in violation of the outdoor burning regulations?
Department of Ecology: (866-211-6284)

What happens if I don’t follow burning guidelines?
You can be fined up to $10,000 per day for each violation.  If fire is neglected and potentially gets out of hand, you are responsible for the cost of extinguishing the fire and any damages, which  may in the thousands of dollars.