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Please contact Terry Grinaker at (360)651-4014.
Is Outdoor Burning Permitted?
► Yes, outdoor burning is permitted on the reservation, but general
rules, adopted by the Tulalip Tribes, must be followed in order to ensure the safety of
residents and their property.
air rules are also now in effect for the reservation, and are available on-line.
Are There Permits or Special Requirements?
► In some cases, you may be required to obtain a permit prior to
conducting the burning. Consult the regulations to determine whether or not you need a
► All outdoor burning is prohibited if the Tribes have called a Burn Ban for
► Outdoor fires on shore or tidelands, held for the purpose of food
preparation, tribal member fishing and/or tribal cultural or spiritual ceremonies, are
Are Fires for Cultural/Spiritual Activities or Campfires Exempt?
► Yes, fires conducted for tribal cultural purposes are exempt and do
not require any permit or approval. Campfires are also exempt, provided they are conducted
within designated campground or recreation areas.
What Are The Safety Requirements for Outdoor Fires?
► The Tribesí Air Quality Protection Ordinance lists several safety
requirements for outdoor fires. These include:
- The fire must consist of natural vegetation only resulting from maintenance of land
immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling.
- Burning may only be conducted on the lands on which the materials originated.
- The fire, of natural vegetation only, shall not contain rubber products, plastics,
asphalt, garbage, dead animals, petroleum products, paints or similar materials that emit
dense smoke or create offensive odors when burned.
- The fire pile must not be larger than four (4) feet in diameter and three (3) feet in
- A person capable of extinguishing the fire must be in attendance at all times and must
fully extinguish the fire prior to leaving it.
- No fires are to be within 50 feet of a structure(s) or within 50 feet from any forest
- Only one (1) pile may be burned at a time. Each pile must be fully extinguished before
- Burning may be conducted during daylight hours only.
- Material to be burned must be placed on bare soil, green grass or other similar areas
free of combustible material for a distance adequate to prevent the escape of fire.
- A shovel and a garden hose connected to an adequate water supply must be present at
the fire at all times. The hose must be able to reach at least 50 feet beyond the fire
- Burning must be done during periods of calm to very light winds, and conducive to
minimizing any impact to others.
- If in the discretion of the Fire District, the Tribes, or the Tribal Control Officer,
the fire creates a nuisance from smoke or fly ash, it must be extinguished immediately. A
nuisance exists when emissions from any open fire cause physical discomfort of health
problems to people residing in the vicinity of the burning or physical damage to the