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Outdoor Burning

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Outdoor Burning

Outdoor burning is prohibited within the Tumwater city limits and urban growth areas at all times. Islands of the county found inside the city limits are also prohibited. Woodstoves can be used when an air quality burn ban is not in effect. If there is a burn ban in effect and this is your only source of heat, use of your woodstove in this instance would be acceptable. 

Air Quality Concerns

The area of Thurston County was designated nonattainment for PM-10, and classified as moderate upon enactment of the clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Washington submitted PM-10 maintenance plan on August 16, 1999. The EPA approved the plan on October 4, 2000. The following are a few guidelines to help clarify what is, and what is not, allowed.


  • Woodstove – when air quality burn ban is not present
  • Barbeque (only charcoal or gas – wood is not allowed)
  • Fire pits (only propane or gas – wood is not allowed)

Not Allowed

  • Campfires and wood fire pits
  • Chimneys (outdoor fireplace)
  • Land clearing burns
  • Residential burning (e.g. small piles of brush, grass, weeds or debris)
  • Burn barrels
  • Any natural vegetation or wood burning.

If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) compliance department.

Current Burn Ban Status

The current Burn Ban Status for Thurston County can be found at


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