Keep the permit on-site at the location where you intend to burn.
Ensure your burn pile is no bigger than 10' x 10'
Burn piles larger than 10' x 10' must contact Washington State DNR or Southwest Clean Air Agency.
NOTE: Burning garbage or the use of a burn barrel is ALWAYS illegal in Washington State.
Recreational fires are legal in Cowlitz County as long as they follow the county guidelines:
The landowner must give permission for the recreational fire.
Fire is a maximum size of 3'x3'x2' and is in an improved pit lined with metal stone or masonry.
Fire is burning clean, seasoned firewood or charcoal only: no brush or yard debris.
Fire is supervised at all times by someone 16 years of age or older
There are tools to extinguish the fire: a charged hoseline or a five-gallon bucket of water and a shovel.
The fire does not create a smoke nuisance.
Annual Burn Ban
The Cowlitz County Burn Ban is in effect every year from July 15 through September 30. No burning is allowed during the ban, except for recreational fire pits. The Cowlitz County Fire Marshal may extend the ban depending on fire conditions. More information about regulations in Cowlitz County can be found here.