Given the dry conditions, a Phase 1 fire safety burn ban has been instituted in Pierce County. All outdoor burning is prohibited, except for recreational fires, fires in barbecues and other cooking appliances, outdoor fireplaces and campfires in approved pits.
Additionally, in the City of Tacoma:
Burning yard waste, household garbage and building materials (i.e. scrap wood, paint, vinyl flooring, roofing, and carpet) is always prohibited.
Recreational fires are allowed – must use clean fuel, the fires have to be less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet height and 25 feet from any structure.
WAC 173-425-050 - if the smoke from the fire bothers your neighbors, damages their property or otherwise causes a nuisance, the fire shall be extinguished.
Recreational fires are not allowed during an air quality burn ban. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (pscleanair.org) sets the regional air quality bans and local fire officials set the fire safety ban.
Tacoma firefighters responded to 148 bark, grass, brush and trees fires in July.