76.04.194  <<  76.04.205 >>   76.04.215

Burning permitsCivil penalty.

(1) Except in certain areas designated by the department or as permitted under rules adopted by the department, a person shall have a valid written burning permit obtained from the department to burn:
(a) Any flammable material on any lands under the protection of the department; or
(b) Refuse or waste forest material on forestlands protected by the department.
(2) To be valid a permit must be signed by both the department and the permittee. Conditions may be imposed in the permit for the protection of life, property, or air quality and the department may suspend or revoke the permits when conditions warrant. A permit shall be effective only under the conditions and for the period stated therein. Signing of the permit shall indicate the permittee's agreement to and acceptance of the conditions of the permit.
(3) The department may inspect or cause to be inspected the area involved and may issue a burning permit if:
(a) All requirements relating to firefighting equipment, the work to be done, and precautions to be taken before commencing the burning have been met;
(b) No unreasonable danger will result; and
(c) Burning will be done in compliance with air quality standards established by chapter 70A.15 RCW.
(4) The department, authorized employees thereof, or any warden or ranger may refuse, revoke, or postpone the use of permits to burn when necessary for the safety of adjacent property or when necessary in their judgment to prevent air pollution as provided in chapter 70A.15 RCW.
(5) Any person who violates this section, any permit issued under this section, any rules that implement this section, or the silvicultural burning provisions set forth in chapter 70A.15 RCW, may incur a civil penalty pursuant to RCW 70A.15.3160. The department shall adopt a rule that establishes: (a) A framework for resolving conflicts that may arise related to this section, including the issuance of civil penalties pursuant to RCW 70A.15.3160 for violations of this section; and (b) the method by which penalties issued pursuant to RCW 70A.15.3160 for violations of this section will be calculated. The department shall conduct a public process to solicit input on the development of the rule.


Reviser's note: This section was amended by 2021 c 65 s 79 and by 2021 c 132 s 2, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).
Explanatory statement2021 c 65: See note following RCW 53.54.030.
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