• Outdoor Residential Burning & Burn Permits

    Outdoor Residential Burning is allowed from October 1st thru July 14th.   A permit is required for Residential Outdoor Burning and must be posted on the site.

    How do I get a burn permit?   Burn Permits are available on-line ONLY from the ORCAA web site.

    Click here for a Thurston County Residential Burn Permit Application

    This permit is valid only for basic yard and garden waste disposal in unincorporated Thurston County, outside ANY incorporated city and Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundary.

    Paper Burn Permits are no longer in our office; however, if you would like assistance filling out an on-line form, we would be happy to help you. Feel free to visit our office and we will walk you through the on-line process.

    Burning will not be permitted from July 15th through September 30th or during a burn curtailment.

    The restrictions on outdoor burning during the summer and early autumn has resulted in a significant drop in brush fires and property damage each of the past couple years, according to fire officials.

    The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) encourages all residents to explore options such as chipping of woody debris, and composting of leaves and grass clippings rather than burning. “We all share the air,” said ORCAA Spokesman Dan Nelson. “You’ll be doing yourself, and your neighbors, a favor by composting your ‘burn’ pile.”

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

    Composting is an easy and inexpensive way to turn yard and gardening refuse into a usable and valuable product. Compost turns organic matter, like leaves, weeds, and wood chips, into a rich soil conditioner.

    Chipping brush, pruning, land-clearing debris and wood waste makes an excellent mulch or substitute for decorative bark. Chips can protect soil and help keep weeds at bay. They can also be used to line garden paths and trails or provide a softer landing under playground equipment.

    To stay up-to-date on the status of burn bans please register for the ORCAA email news alerts on the ORCAA website www.orcaa.org