No outdoor burning allowed in City, recreational fires permitted

lynnwoodfiredeptThe Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office issued an outdoor burning ban for unincorporated areas of Snohomish County effective Monday, June 22. The restriction bans outdoor burning, except for recreational fires.

Lynnwood Today reached out to the Lynnwood Fire Department for clarification on the City’s policies and Fire Chief Scott Cockrum provided the following year-round information on outdoor burning in Lynnwood:

The City of Lynnwood is in a “No Outdoor Burning” zone. Examples of prohibited burning activities include land clearing, building demolition, brush burning and grass burning.

Recreational fires are permitted by Section 307 of the International Fire Code (IFC) and the Washington State Amendments to the IFC under the following circumstances.

  1. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.
  1. Approved “fire pit” appliances with a manufacturer’s listing clearly visible may be used if installed per manufacturer’s listing.
  1. Shovels, rakes and water charged garden hoses or a 4-A fire extinguisher shall be available for immediate use.
  1. Recreational fires shall be constantly attended.
  1. Fires shall be limited to three (3) feet in diameter and two (2) feet in height.
  1. Only dry clean wood may be burned. Building scraps and green wood are prohibited.
  1. Recreational fires are prohibited during air pollution alerts.



Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited (IFC 307.3). The Fire Official is authorized to order the fire extinguished.

  1. We have some new neighbors that are everyday, for the last 11 days have been having a “recreational fire”.
    Its been 73 to 89 degrees throughout and cannot open our windows to keep our house cool.
    We are getting a lot of ash on my car and truck.
    There needs to be some limits on how many outdoor recreational fires you can have in a month.
    Everyday they have a fire in the heat of the summer.
    Really annoying

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