Burn Control

Each weekday the Washington State Department of Ecology monitors weather conditions and makes a Daily Burn Decision for agricultural burns only.  Ecology then notifies the local Burn Control Officer who reviews the Ecology decision, considers/monitors local conditions and makes a Daily Burn Decision for residential burns only.  Burning is permitted when conditions will allow smoke to rise fast and to dissipate rapidly.  The local decision may be different from the Ecology decision but it will never be more restrictive.

Requirements for all burning in Walla Walla County:

  1. Only natural vegetation can be burned in ANY outdoor fire.
  2. Someone must be monitoring the fire at all times with a water source available significant to control the burn.
  3. If any fire creates a public safety hazard, nuisance or interferes with the right of a person to enjoy their property it must be extinguished immediately.

Please do not hesitate to call the Burn Control Officer with questions at 509-524-2616.  Thank You.

Department of Ecology Learn Before You Burn, Did you know? Illegal Materials, and Quema de Barriles. Sabia Que?

Residential Burn Decision Line: 509-524-2612.  Please call after 9:30 AM daily.

Burn Permit Renewals
Burn permit holders may renew in three ways - (1) in person at Community Development Department office (310 W. Poplar, Suite 200), (2) by check mailed to the above address, or (3) by calling the Burn Control Officer directly at 509-524-2616 to pay over the phone with a credit or debit card.

Type of Burns and Permits
In an attempt to avoid any illegal burning, please read the following educational material. There are six main types of outdoor burning that we see in and around Walla Walla:

Agricultural Burns

Bonfires

Burn Barrels

Fence Line Burns

Recreational Burns

Residential Burns