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Snohomish County Fire District 7 expands permitted residential burning area east of Highway 9

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Snohomish County Fire District 7 fire commissioners recently adopted a resolution authorizing outdoor burning permits within an expanded service area. Many residents living east of Highway 9 may be able to burn yard debris with a valid permit this summer.

By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information and Education Officer.

Fire District 7’s Board of Fire Commissioners recently adopted Resolution 2017-02 authorizing issuance of outdoor burning permits within an expanded service area.

The new program will take effect on Monday, March 6th, 2017.

Many residents living east of Highway 9 (SR 9 SE) may now burn yard debris with a valid burn permit.

This change to Fire District 7’s stance on outdoor burning came about as a result of Monroe Fire District 3 merging into Fire District 7.

Fire District 3 had a residential outdoor burning program throughout most of the fire district since 1999. In order to standardize services throughout the merged Fire District 7, commissioners agreed to expand Monroe’s outdoor burning area west to SR 9 SE.

Residential burning requires a valid permit. Residential burning is defined as the outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, prunings, and other yard and gardening refuse originating on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling and burned on such lands by the property owner or his or her designee (RCW 70.94).

There is a $25 fee for residential burn permits, and they are valid for a 12-month period from purchase date. Residential burning is prohibited July 1 through August 31 of each year. No permits will be issued during this timeframe, nor during any burn ban. Permits may be obtained at:

Fire Station 31
163 Village Court
Monroe, WA 98272

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday.
8:00am – 4:30 pm.

Regulations prohibit burning garbage, paper, cardboard, construction debris, or materials hauled from another site. The use of a burn barrel is permanently banned statewide.

Although the residential outdoor burning area has been expanded, outdoor burning is never permitted within an urban growth area, with the exception of recreational fires. Recreational fires do not require a burn permit. Residents living in an urban growth area are allowed to have recreational fires, which is the outdoor burning of dry firewood or charcoal for the purpose of pleasure, cooking, or ceremony at a size not exceeding 3’ x 3’ x 2’ high.

Complaints of outdoor burning violations must be reported to 911.

Prior to burning, all residents with a valid burn permit should verify that there are no burn bans or burn limitations in effect. You can visit our website at www.snofire7.org or http://snohomishcountywa.gov/1144/Outdoor-Burning-Information for updated burn ban information.

For additional information on regulations and permitted areas for residential outdoor burning visit our website at http://www.snofire7.org/public_information/outdoor_burning/index.cfm.

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