HONOR - COURAGE - COMMITMENT
Recreational Fires
CENTRAL PIERCE FIRE & RESCUE
OUTDOOR BURNING 
 
CPFR no longer issues paper permits for recreational fires.  Adhering to these rules permits your recreational fire.  
 
If you suspect an illegal burn, call 9-1-1 and let us investigate, educate and/or send on to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for further action and code enforcement.  
 
Washington State law prohibits residential burning and land-clearing fires in all areas served by Central Pierce Fire & Rescue. This means the burning of yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, etc.) is not allowed. Using burn barrels and burning any type of garbage is also prohibited. Agricultural burns are legal with a permit from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
 
Yard waste (grass clippings, branches smaller than 4" in diameter, etc.) is accepted at the LRI Hidden Valley Transfer Station free of charge.  For specific information on a location near you in Pierce County, please visit http://www.lrilandfill.com
 
RECREATIONAL FIRES DEFINED
 
Recreational fires are allowed within Central Pierce Fire & Rescue on your private property. According to state rules, the term “recreational fire” means, “Cooking fires and camp fires using charcoal or firewood for cooking or pleasure. Fires used for debris disposal purposes are not considered recreational fires.”
 
 
Click here for more information on outdoor burning. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Outdoor Burning Flyer

 
RECREATIONAL FIRE REQUIREMENTS
 
WHEN USED FOR COMMON COOKING, FACTORY MANUFACTURED BARBECUES USING CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES, NATURAL GAS, OR PROPANE GAS FOR FUEL ARE EXEMPT FROM THESE REGULATIONS.

•No garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paint, rubber products, tire, plastic, paper products, plywood, finished lumber or particle board may be burned.
 
•Burn barrels shall not be utilized for burning.
 
AUTHORIZED RECREATIONAL FIRES
 
•Fires shall consist of dry seasoned firewood, “Dura-flame/Presto logs” or charcoal briquettes.
 
•Burning of yard waste is not allowed in recreational fire pits (no branches, shrubbery, or wet wood).
 
•Recreational/campfires are allowed if built in metal or concrete lined fire pits like those located in designated campgrounds, local, county, state parks and in commercial campgrounds. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged.
 
•Fires shall not be within twenty-five (25) feet of a structure.
 
•Fires shall not be within ten (10) feet of adjoining property lines, fences, or decks.
 
•Pits shall not exceed three (3) feet in diameter and two (2) feet in height.  The depth of the pit shall be a minimum of four (4) inches and capable of containing all burned material.
 
•A minimum of ten (10) feet shall be maintained around the entire pit, free of grass, shrubbery, weeds, vegetation and any other combustible material, including overhanging limbs from trees.
 
•Fires shall be attended at all times by an alert individual with immediate access to a shovel and either five (5) gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
 
COMPLAINTS / VIOLATIONS
 
It is unlawful for any person to allow sufficient quantities of particulate matter or air contaminants to be injurious to human health, plant or animal life, or property, or to unreasonably interfere with enjoyment of life and property. Such complaints shall require the Fire District to request the immediate extinguishment of the fire. A second complaint will result in no more recreational fires at this location and/or by person(s) responsible for the illegal burns.
 
Failure to comply with permit requirements can lead to the issuing of a citation by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). The maximum penalty is $17,000.00 a day and/or imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days.
For air quality burn ban info call 1-800-595-4341 (PSCAA). For fire safety burn ban info call 253.798.7179 (PC Fire Marshal). To report an illegal fire call 911.