Controlled Burning


Click here for the burn notification form.


Only dry plant growth generated on the burn site can be burned.

You cannot burn within 300 feet of a residential, recreational, commercial, or industrial area that is not located on the property where the burning is occurring.

The following prohibited materials cannot be burned:

  • Asphaltic materials
  • Chemical wastes
  • Electrical Insulation
  • Household trash / garbage / refuse
  • Items containing natural or synthetic rubber
  • Non-wood construction / demolition materials
  • Petroleum products
  • Plastics
  • Potentially explosive materials
  • Treated lumber
  • Burning must be done no earlier than one hour after sunrise or later than one hour before sunset.
  • Burning can only be done at a time when the wind speed is either greater than 6 mph and less than 23 mph.

Effective September 1, 2009, violation of the above can be classified up to a Class "A" misdemeanor and could result in fines, confinement, or both.

If you have items you need to dispose of that cannot be burned, you may be able to take them to the Hood County Citizens Collection Station. View station location and fees.


Some tips for conducting a safe controlled burn.
  • Burn a minimum of 50 feet from any structure
  • Clear the area of any overhead obstructions or trees
  • Do not allow potential runoff to flow into any public waterway
  • Do not leave fire unattended
  • Do not use gasoline to start the fire
  • Have an ample water supply to control or extinguish the fire or heavy equipment that may be used
  • Make sure you have a reliable means of contacting 9-1-1
  • Mow a 50-foot area around burn site
  • Only burn at a humidity level of 25% or greater
  • If you feel it is warranted you may request an inspection of the burn site from a fire marshal deputy