What does this mean?
This is outdoor burning to dispose of dry plants (typically Russian Thistle and Tumble Mustard) that have been broken off and rolled about by the wind.
This information is intended to clarify when and where windblown tumbleweed burning can or cannot be conducted. Windblown tumbleweed burning is exempt from burn permits during a burn day. Common sense safety rules do apply. Alternative means or managing tumbleweeds is encouraged.
Tumbleweeds that are anchored in the soil and where wind has not naturally detached them are subject to either land clearing or weed abatement permits.
Land clearing and weed abatement burning will not be allowed within the City of Pasco without a special permit or where there are reasonable alternatives. Land clearing or weed abatement debris cannot be hauled from an area where burning is prohibited to an area where burning is allowed.
GENERAL BURNING RULES FOR WINDBLOWN TUMBLEWEEDS
While windblown tumbleweed burning is allowed without a permit there are still rules that must be followed and other common sense rules should be followed:
Rules that must be followed:
v The Washington State Dept. of Ecology or the City of Pasco has declared a period of impaired air quality or
v Appropriate fire protection authorities have declared a ban because of high fire danger.
v Detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of any person.
v Causes damage to property or business.
v Causes a nuisance.
v Be constructed of concrete or masonry.
v Have a completely enclosed combustion chamber.
Be equipped with a permanently attached spark arrester constructed of iron, heavy wire mesh, or other noncombustible material with openings not larger than 1/2 inch.
Other common sense rules, which you are not required to follow, but it is recommended that you should follow:
Generally, only vegetative material may be burned when burning for tumbleweed disposal or any outdoor fire. The following materials may not be burned in any outdoor fire: garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, paper (other than what is necessary to start a fire), cardboard, treated wood, construction/demolition debris, metal, or any substance (other than natural vegetation) that normally releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or obnoxious odors when burned.
Alternatives to burning tumbleweeds are encouraged although tumbleweed burning is generally exempt. Alternatives to burning include: