July 1 – September 30
Fire Safety Burn Bans – People love the outdoors in Washington. However, summer activities such as outdoor burning can increase fire risk dramatically. Below are a few activities and who you might contact for more information:
- Camping: State Parks http://www.parks.wa.gov/ or the state parks Alert Center (http://www.parks.wa.gov/AlertCenter.aspx), DNR lands http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx, Private campgrounds – contact the camp host or local Fire District for that area.
- Campfires or fire pits: If you own the land where you intend to burn, it is usually best to contact your local fire district for more information. Otherwise, contact the agency or land owner (e.g. State Parks, DNR, and others).
- BBQs, tiki torches: Unless otherwise specified, gas BBQs are generally OK to use. Tiki torches are also generally permitted. However, please check to see if your county’s burn ban addresses these items in their burn message. If you are still unclear, contact your local fire marshall or fire department.
October 1 – March 30
Air Quality Burn Bans – Air quality degrades during winter months, which can lead to burn bans. Your local air agency is the best source of information when you have a question about using your wood stove, outdoor burning or similar activities. Use the map below to determine your air quality authority.
If you still need help, feel free to use the Contact form and send us an email before burning.
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
Contact your local City, County and Local Fire District
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.