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3030 78th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7607
Fax: 206.275.7970
Email: mi_fire@mercergov.. . .
Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Daily
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City of Mercer Island / Fire Department / Community Risk Reduction / Outdoor Burning / Smoke & Odor Complaints

Outdoor Burning / Smoke & Odor Complaints

The City of Mercer Island has prohibited outdoor burning by ordinance.

All burning, whether indoors or legal outdoor burning, may occur only when there is not a Burn Ban in effect. To learn about the status of the Burn Ban, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency provides a pre-recorded message at the following phone number: 1-800-595-4341. Information may also be obtained from their website - http://www.pscleanir.org/.

There are exceptions to outdoor burning. The following is the City Ordinance referencing Outdoor Burning.

Chapter 17.54

OPEN BURNING

Sections:
17.54.010 Outdoor burning prohibited.
17.54.020 Exceptions to ban on outdoor burning.
17.54.030 Violation Penalty.

17.54.010 Outdoor burning prohibited.
In accordance with the decision of the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency made in accordance with the provisions of the Washington Clean Air Act (revised 1991), Chapter 70.94 RCW, outdoor fires are prohibited within the city limits. (Ord. A-97 1, 1992).

17.54.020 Exceptions to ban on outdoor burning.
The following outdoor fires are exempt from the Air Pollution Control Agency ban on outdoor burning and will be permitted within the city:
A. Fires which are burned for fire-fighting training practices;
B. Small cooking fires consisting solely of charcoal, natural gas, propane or seasoned natural wood;
C. Fires from flares, torches, smokeless waste gas burners, incense burners and insect pots. (Ord. A-97 1, 1992).

17.54.030 Violation Penalty.
Violation of or failure to comply with any provision of this chapter pertaining to outdoor burning shall constitute a gross misdemeanor. Each separate outdoor fire and/or each day in which an outdoor fire burns shall constitute a separate violation of this chapter. (Ord. A-97 1, 1992).
 

SMOKE & ODOR COMPLAINTS

WASHINGTON ADMINSTRATIVE CODE (WAC)

Washington State Law also addresses regulations related to outdoor burning.  More information may be found at their website: www.http://www.leg.wa.gov/wac/index.cfm?fuseaction=title&title=173.

In addition to outdoor burning, by State law (WAC 173-425-060) it is illegal to have a fire (indoor or outdoor) that is creating smoke which is a nuisance.

In part, WAC 173-425-060 (5):

(c) The following conditions apply to all residential burning allowed without a permit under WAC 173-425-060 (2)(a) or allowed under a general, verbal, or electronic permit: 

(v) If any emission from the fire is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of any person, if it causes damage to property or business, or if it causes a nuisance, the fire must be extinguished immediately.



 

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