Is it legal to burn tumbleweeds on your property in Washington State?


It's a popular question since high winds are the norm in Washington. How do we take care of these things?  It's definitely an issue. Anyone remember Tumblegeddon?

So, what is the law when it comes to burning tumbleweeds in Washington?

Homeowners in Benton and Franklin Counties are permitted to burn tumbleweeds. According to the City of Pasco, wind-blown tumbleweed burning is allowed (outside city limits) during a burn day. Rules must be followed.

The fire must not include any prohibited materials. (See PROHIBITED MATERIALS section).
The fire must not include vegetative materials hauled from another property in an area where burning is prohibited.
No windblown tumbleweed fire may be ignited and fires must be extinguished during an emergency burn ban in a geographical area where:
The Washington State Dept. of Ecology or the City of Pasco has declared a period of impaired air quality or
Appropriate fire protection authorities have declared a ban because of high fire danger.


When taking care of tumbleweeds on your property: please note:

A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times, and the fire must be extinguished before leaving it.
No fires are to be within fifty feet of structures. This is particularly important because tumbleweeds burn fast and hot.
Permission from a landowner, or owner's designated representative, must be obtained before starting an outdoor fire on someone else's property.

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