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For much of area, outdoor burning is illegal


If you live within the boundaries of Electric City, Grand Coulee or Coulee Dam and are thinking of burning garden waste, think again. It’s illegal, and has been since 2007.

The Washington State Department of Ecology has stated that you could be fined as much as $10,000 per day if this law is violated.

Officials stated that the ban includes the “urban growth areas” around these municipalities, as well.

Residential and land-clearing burning is banned, and you may not dispose of yard waste in a recreational fire.

Burning anything in a burn barrel, including natural vegetation is illegal, the agency states.

Questions about the burn ban can be answered by calling the Washington Department of Ecology, 509-329-3400. If you want to report a violation of the burn ban you may call 1-800-211-6284.

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