Prohibited Materials

  • Construction Debris
  • Cardboard
  • Tires
  • Paper
  • Pesticides
  • Metel
  • Asphalt
  • Petroleum Products
  • Treated Wood
  • Demolition Debris
  • Plastic
  • Paint

In addition, any substance that, when burned, releases toxic emissions, dense smoke or obnoxious odors (other than natural vegetation) is prohibited from being burned.

Burning of these materials creates toxic smoke. Breathing in this smoke can harm your health.

  • The burning of garbage has been illegal since 1967. Only burning of natural vegetation and firewood is legal. 70A.15.5010
  • Burns barrels are prohibited from use in the state of Washington.
  • The burning of garbage is punishable by up to a $513.00 fine, including mandatory court fees. Any evidence of burned garbage is adequate proof to be fined.  Mason County Municipal Code CH6.72

Alternatives to Burning

Composting, chipping, and recycling are viable alternatives to outdoor burning that create resources, instead of air pollution and a solid waste problem.

Additional Resources

Department of Ecology: Outdoor Burning
Mason County Fire Marshal Department
A Burning Permit Application is required for piles greater than 4ft in diameter.
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency


To make a report or file a complaint, please call (360) 427-9670 and dial extension 584 or 405
For emergency reporting please contact 911

Illegal Burning Poster - English

Illegal Burning Poster - Spanish