The burn ban will run from today [July 11, 2014] through September 30, 2014. It applies to all forest lands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands (DNR press release).
DNR had a burn ban in effect for lands east of the Cascades. However, the press release dated July 1, 2014, expands their ban to the remainder of the state.
What this means for you: While the current statewide ban only applies to DNR lands, many local air agencies and fire districts support these annual fire danger burn bans by enacting land clearing bans and restricting other types of burning. Please contact your local air agency or local fire district to determine what burn restrictions are in place for your specific area – website listings of all local fire districts - http://waburnbans.net/counties-cities/#fpd
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.