Burns and Fireworks
Residential Burn Decision Line: 509-524-2612. Please call after 9:30 AM daily.
Department of Ecology: Agricultural Burn Decision Line: 1-800-406-5322
Burn Control Zone Map: - County-Wide Map
For questions, please contact us at 509-524-2610.
Each weekday the Washington State Department of Ecology monitors weather conditions and makes a Daily Burn Decision for agricultural burns. 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 burn permit holders. Burning is permitted when conditions will allow smoke to rise fast and dissipate rapidly. The local decision may be different from the Ecology decision. Department of Ecology Learn Before You Burn, Did you know? Illegal Materials, and Quema de Barriles. Sabia Que?
- Only natural vegetation can be burned in ANY outdoor fire.
- Someone must be monitoring the fire at all times with a water source available significant to control the burn.
- If any fire creates a public safety hazard, or nuisance, or interferes with the right of a person to enjoy their property, it must be extinguished immediately.
- Email a scanned copy to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will call to collect payment over the phone with a credit or debit card.
- Mail or via Dropbox location at Community Development Department office (310 W. Poplar, Suite 200).
- Submit the application and a check to the above address; if no check is provided, we will call to collect payment over the phone with a credit or debit card.
Burn permit holders may renew (no paperwork needed) by emailing email@example.com or by calling 509-524-2610 to pay over the phone with a credit or debit card.
Information on Burns, Fireworks, and Permits:
Please review the dropdown materials below:
Residential Burns (+ Permit)
Residential Burns are allowed in the County outside the Urban Growth Areas (UGA). Residential burns may not be larger than 4-feet wide and 3-feet high. Residential burns must be 50-feet from combustibles. Permits for this type of burn are $35 and are good for one year from the date of issuance. This type of burn is limited to the hours listed in the County's Daily Burn Decision.
Residential Burn permit Application
Agricultural Burns (+ Permit Info)
Daily agricultural burn decision are available:
- Option A: Call 1-800-406-5322.
- Option B: Sign up for an email about the daily burn decision for Eastern Washington.
The Walla Walla County Conservation District is the local permitting authority for agricultural burning. Please call them at 509-522-6340 for more information.
Complaints about agricultural burning should be forwarded to 1-866-211-6284.
Bonfires (+ Permit)
These are large fires no more than 10-feet in diameter. They require a permit and an inspection by the County Fire Marshal and the permit must be obtained at least 10 days in advance. Bonfires must be 50-feet from combustibles. Permits for this type of burn are $75 and good for only a specific day and time.
Burn Barrels (Illegal)
Burn barrels are illegal throughout the State of Washington. There is no permit that you can obtain that will allow you to use a burn barrel.
Department of Ecology: Focus on Burn Barrels.
Fence Line & Tumbleweed Burns
These are small burns limited to either side of a fence line for burning tumbleweeds. There is no permit for this burn, but you should notify your Fire District prior to burning. This type of burn is limited to the same hours listed in the County's Daily Burn Decision for residential burns.
These are small “warming” type fire pits, and permitted within the Urban Growth Areas (UGA). These fires may not be larger than 3-feet wide and 2-feet high. In Walla Walla County all recreational burns must be located at least 25-feet from combustibles unless approved by the Walla Walla County Fire Marshal. This type of burn is NOT limited to the same hours listed in the County's Daily Burn Decision for residential burns.
July 1st - July 3rd from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
July 4th from 9 a.m. until midnight
December 31st from 9a.m. until January 1st at 1 a.m.
Fireworks Laws and Regulations in the City of Walla Walla