Remember, to receive a full refund (less the 37.50 processing fee) applications for refunds MUST be received by June 10th for Spring Burn permits and December 10th for Fall Burn permits. Ecology can no longer refund fees for unburned acres unless the application for a refund is received by the deadline. The current per-acre fee is 3.75, with a minimum permit fee of 37.50 (for fields of 10 acres or less). The fees equal the cap set by the legislature and help pay for the daily burn call and research into alternatives to agriculture burning.
For many agriculture producers, burning is an important option when dealing with excess residue. The State Department of Ecology is a valued partner in making sure agriculture burning does not affect public health. With careful monitoring of weather conditions and use of complex climate models, staff at the department of Ecology makes a Daily Burn Call. Ecology only allows burning when weather conditions will allow the smoke to rise fast and dissipate rapidly. This partnership between agriculture producers and Ecology has resulted in a dramatic reduction in health impacts related to burning.
Under state statute, Walla Walla County has the authority to issue agriculture burn permits, and the County has delegated this authority to the Conservation District. As the permitting authority for agricultural burning, the District can issue permits for field burns, orchard tear-out, CRP renovation, and spot burning. Residential burn permits are obtained from the County, and special permits for other circumstances (e.g., large brush piles) are issued directly by the Department of Ecology. The District offers assistance in completing burn permit applications by appointment; walk-ins are assisted whenever possible.
The following links offer more information on the burn permit program:
- Department of Ecology Ag Burn Website
- Reporting Burned Acres (Blue Card)
- Outdoor Burn Special Permit Application
- Daily Burn Call
- Other forms and permits