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Outdoor Burn Ban in Renton

May 11, 2010

For more information contact:

Mark Peterson, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator, 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

RENTON – The recent wind storm mixed with spring weather may prompt people to get outside and begin the process of cleaning up brush, fallen limbs and yard debris.  The Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department reminds citizens that outdoor burning is not allowed within the city limits or many areas of unincorporated King County.

In 2000, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) introduced a ban that does not allow outdoor burning in any of the defined “urban growth areas.  PSCAA established the burning guidelines, regulates the ban, and also monitors air quality. 

“The Fire & Emergency Services Department works with PSCAA to help enforce these regulations when called to do so, and helps citizens understand what alternatives exist for disposing of their yard debris,” said Fire Chief Mark Peterson. 

A violation of outdoor burning regulations can result in serious fines and/or citations and citizens are encouraged to contact PSCAA or the fire department if they have questions. There are alternatives for the disposal of yard waste, including:  composting, recycling at a King County transfer station, or contacting Waste Management to learn more about curbside yard waste collection services.

There are, however, limited exceptions to the ban, including recreational fires, patio fireplaces, and charcoal and gas barbeques. Recreational fires are allowed on private property and do have clearly defined criteria regarding purpose, size, time, location, and the type of material allowed to be burned.  Visit for the details regarding recreational fires or contact the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department at 425-430-7000. 

The Fire & Emergency Services Department encourages safety any time fire is used and reminds citizens that an open recreational fire should be at least 25 feet away from any structure or combustible materials, with a garden hose or fire extinguisher close by if needed should the fire spread.

For more information on local outdoor burning regulations and yard waste disposal options visit