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Effective January 1, 2007 new restrictions for burning outdoors went into effect. As of that date in accordance with new regulations implemented by the Department of Ecology, it is no longer permissible to burn outdoors within city limits or urban growth areas.


Residential and land clearing burning is not allowed in Moses Lake, Coulee City, Coulee Dam, Electric City, Ephrata, George, Grand Coulee, Hartline, Krupp, Mattawa, Quincy, Royal City, Soap Lake, Warden and Wilson Creek.


Urban growth areas extend outside the city limits to some extent. To find out if you are in what is classified as an urban growth area, contact the Grant County Planning Department at 754-2011 ext. 626.



  • Burning household waste and other garbage either in a burn barrel or on the ground is prohibited. 

  • Only unprocessed vegetation is legal to burn in Washington State. 

  • One 4 x 4' x 3' pile of natural vegetation may be burned at least fifty feet away from structures. 

  • You should also have a hose or some other source of water available to maintain control of the fire. 

  • The smoke from the fire should not have any impact on your neighbors. 

  • Before you burn contact your local fire department for any other restrictions they may have.

The Grant County Community Development Department located at 457 1st Ave NW in Ephrata has a brochure that explains the States new burning regulations.


For more information about outdoor burning, contact:


Washington State Department of Ecology

509-329-3400 or

Toll Free Air Quality & Smoke Complaint Line 866-211-6284

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