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Posted on: June 8, 2021

Seasonal Burning Moratorium Begins June 15th

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Eastside Fire & Rescue, which serves the City of North Bend and surrounding unincorporated King County areas, is reminding residents that its annual burning moratorium goes into effect on Tuesday, June 15th and runs through September 30th. This authorized seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger and is timely as the region has experienced unseasonably warm, dry weather this spring.

Communities served by Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) are situated in beautiful locations, offering some of the best living on the west coast. Neighborhoods within the EF&R service area cover relatively mountainous terrain, urban in nature, with fences and yards, and many built in the wooded hills and grasslands that surround Eastside cities and towns. Homes in areas surrounded by vegetation are very popular - and it's these neighborhoods that create what EF&R terms as the Wildland Urban Interface.

Anyone living within the boundaries of Eastside fire & rescue should be  aware of these Burning Moratorium Guidelines:


Cooking & Recreational Fires – Burn Permit Required (No fee)

  • Not subject to the seasonal burn ban moratorium.
  • Cooking and recreational fires - burning wood (shall use only dry seasoned wood).
  • Propane, natural gas, charcoal, and pellet fires do not require a burn permit.
  • Cooking and recreational fires shall not be larger than 3’ in diameter and 2’ in height.
  • A recreational fire is the same as a cooking fire, but without the food.
  • Fires (with or without food) shall be contained in a barbecue pit, fire ring or other approved appliances, such as manufactured portable fireplace units.
  • Any fire using wood is subject to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban and fire safety burn ban.

Land Clear Burning

  • Land clear burning has been permanently banned within King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

Residential Yard Waste Burning – Burn Permit Required (No fee)

  • Subject to EF&R burn ban moratorium, June 15th through September 30th each year
  • DNR or Forest Service property (EF&R does not issue permits in these areas)
  • Subject to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban

Facts about the Seasonal Burning Moratorium:

  • Outdoor cooking or recreational burning (campfires) require a no-fee burn permit that can be obtained online at: www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.
  • Puget Sound Clean Air Agency may impose a countywide burn ban for air-quality conditions.
  • King County Fire Marshal’s Office or Eastside Fire Marshal’s Office may impose a fire safety burn ban due to extreme fire danger.
  • Brush fires significantly increase during the summer months and can grow quickly.
  • You can help protect your home against wildfires by building a defensible space around your home: www.firewise.org or www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.

For air quality burn ban information contact Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at: (800) 595-4341 or www.pscleanair.org.

For questions on Eastside Fire & Rescue’s annual moratorium please call (425) 313-3200. Burn permits can be found and downloaded from the EF&R website

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