Island County Total Burn Ban in Effect June 29, 2015

AS OF 8:00 AM June 29, 2015

  • No outdoor burning of natural debris, even with a permit.
  • No open fires, including cooking fires on both improved and unimproved lands, excepts charcoal and gas BBQ grills, are allowed on improved, non-combustible surfaces, minimum of 10 feet from natural vegetation.

Atmospheric conditions of reduced moisture levels, low humidity and warmer weather, combined with the reduced availability of fire-fighting resources, may cause a risk of fire within the confines of Island County. THEREFORE, in concurrence with the Fire Protection Districts of Whidbey and Camano Islands and the Northwest Clean Air Agency, Sheriff Mark C. Brown, serving as the Island County Fire Marshal, do hereby proclaim that a restriction on outdoor burning exists within the entirety of Island County, and that as of 8:00 AM, June 29, 2015 all outdoor fires – even those previously approved by permit — shall not be kindled, ignited or maintained.


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Full Burn Ban in Unincorporated Skagit County, Effective June 29, 2015

Unincorporated Skagit County will be going to a full burn ban as of Monday, June 29, 2015.  

Outdoor burning includes, campfires, bonfires, residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement, and agricultural burning activity.  Liquid fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted provided the use is over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation. Charcoal grills are permitted at private residences provided the use is over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation.

Press release: Download the Skagit County Fire Marshall press release.

Governor Jay Inslee has declared a State of Emergency for all Washington Counties due to the large fire potential. He also has strongly urged people to not use fireworks and find other ways of celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.

Fireworks: Consumer grade fireworks are covered under a separate RCW than outdoor burning and are not prohibited; however, we support Governor Inslee’s recommendation and encourage the community to attend local public fireworks displays.

If you are within the city limits of any of the incorporated cities or towns, check with your city fire department for current burning restrictions.

Permanent ban: A permanent ban on open burning remains in effect in the Cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, Hamilton, La Conner, Lyman, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley and their urban growth areas.  For more information on the burn ban in these cities you may contact the Northwest Clean Air Agency at (360) 428-1617 or check their website at

DNR Lands: If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call (360) 856-3500 for burn permit information. A burn ban is in effect through September 30, 2015 on all forest lands under Department of Natural Resources jurisdiction. All outdoor burning is banned including campfires.

Questions: If you have any questions about open burning in Skagit County please contact the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 416-1842 or the burn line for current information at (360) 416-1840, or our website at

Skagit County Fire Marshal

Kelly Blaine

King County Fire Danger Burn Ban in Effect June 22, 2015

A fire/safety burn ban is in effect for King County. The Phase I Burn Ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires.

Recreational fires must:

Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.
Please note – the use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques would continue to be allowed under the ban. For properties located within cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.