Most areas of the state have local air authorities that educate, protect, and enforce state and federal clean air laws and associated regulatory guidance. In Washington state, there are 7 local air authorities that manage these responsibilities.
Local Air Agencies
- Benton Clean Air Agency – Benton County
- Northwest Clean Air Agency – Whatcom, Island, & Skagit counties
- Olympic Region Clean Air Agency – Thurston, Mason, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, & Clallam counties
- Puget Sound Clean Air Agency – King, Snohomish, Pierce, & Kitsap counties
- Southwest Clean Air Agency – Lewis, Skamania, Clark, Cowlitz, & Wahkiakum counties
- Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency – Spokane County
- Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency – Yakima County
Lands not under the authority of local air agencies or Tribes are enforced by the state Department of Ecology. Regulated lands within the Department of Ecology are divided into 3 main regions:
Ecology Central Regional Office – Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan counties.
Information and receptionist: 509-575-2490.
Ecology Eastern Regional Office – Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties.
Information and receptionist: 509-329-3400.
Ecology Northwest Regional Office – San Juan county only.
Information and receptionist: 425-649-7000.
WA state Department of Natural Resources influences burn bans based on the fire danger for a particular region or area. Please check their page as well to determine the status of DNR managed lands in your county.
Tribes are sovereign nations. However, the EPA does make burn ban calls for health reasons for many of the reservations in Washington State under the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR). There are some tribes that have delegated authority to call their own burn bans. For more information, visit the EPA FARR site. The following Tribes currently maintain air quality programs on the web:
If you are still unsure whom has the authority in your region, look at the map below or reference this Department of Ecology document.