Reminder: Residential Outdoor Burning is Prohibited After 9:00 PM on May 15th

April 15th, 2024

Reminder: all burn permits will expire at 9:00 PM on May 15th, 2024, regardless of issue date. This means permit holders have one month left to conduct residential outdoor burning (i.e. burning yard debris) in Graham Fire & Rescue’s District. Due to fire safety concerns, no residential outdoor burning is permitted between 9:00 PM on May 15th and 8:00 AM on October 15th, 2024.*

This policy is in place regardless of Pierce County burn ban status.

*Recreational Burning Exemption: Recreational (less than 3-feet in diameter by 2-feet in height) cooking fires, campfires, and bonfires using charcoal or firewood that occur in designated areas or on private property for food preparation, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes are not included in this notice. Recreational fires do not require a permit.

Individuals residing in Graham Fire & Rescue’s District must adhere to District, Pierce County, and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burning rules and regulations. For more information regarding burn bans, burning regulations, and permitting visit our outdoor burning page.

Outdoor Burning Safety

Between 8:00 AM on October 15th and 9:00 PM on May 15th of each year, and in certain parts of our District, residential outdoor burning of dead vegetation is allowed. However, property owners must obtain a free burn permit and follow district, as well as Pierce County and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency regulations before burning.

How to Safely Burn Yard Debris

  • Make sure you live within the burn zone, which is generally south of 224th. Click here to see if you live in an area where burning is allowed.
  • Always check local burn ban restrictions prior to burning.
  • Yard debris piles may not be larger than four feet in diameter and three feet in height.
  • There must be a minimum of 50 feet of clearance from all other combustibles, including but not limited to: structures, fences, decks, etc.
  • Keep a water supply and shovel, or fire extinguisher close to the burning site.
  • A responsible adult is required to be in attendance until the fire is out.
  • Yard debris burning may neither be ignited nor added to between the hours of 9:00 PM and 8:00 AM daily.
  • Only one yard debris pile shall be burned at a time and extinguished before another is ignited.
  • Always check the weather conditions before burning. Burning is strongly discouraged on dry, windy days.