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Olympic Region Clean Air Agency

DNR lifts all burn restrictions in most Western Washington Counties as of 10/2/18

Effective 10/2/2018 the fire danger for is Low so the seasonal DNR Fire Safety Burn Bans have been lifted  in the following counties:

  • Clallam
  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Skamania
  • Snohomish
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum
  • Whatcom

If you have a written burning permit from DNR, burning is allowed subject to the conditions of your permit.

you have questions or would like to obtain a DNR burning permit for silvicultural burning, please call Olympic Region DNR at 360-374-2800. Fireworks and incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are always illegal on all DNR protected lands, which includes unimproved private property.

Due to Moderate Fire Danger, Outdoor Burn Ban continues

Under an Order issued by the Washington Commissioner of Public Lands earlier this summer, all burn restrictions are still in effect statewide on DNR protected lands. This includes outdoor burning, the use of charcoal briquettes, and prescribed burns on all forest lands within the State of Washington under Department of Natural Resources fire protection.

Recreational Fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds are still allowed. Always check with local campground hosts before lighting a campfire. Fireworks and incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are always illegal on all DNR protected lands, which includes unimproved private property.

Check with your local fire district and the county website for any further restrictions. Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at The outdoor burning ban order included a Sept. 30 end date, but the moderate fire danger has prompted local fire officials with DNR to continue that ban indefinitely.

Contact the Washington DNR for updates on when the DNR BURN BAN will be lifted:

Wildfire Division
Fax 360-902-1757

Seasonal Thurston County Fire Safety Burn Ban lifted as of Oct. 1, 2018

Just because you can burn yard waste doesn’t mean you should.

Burning at any time adds to the air pollution levels in your local neighborhood, and residents are encouraged to seek alternatives to burning throughout the year, according to the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA).

Still, residents who plan to burn their yard debris may do so after Oct. 1 in much of rural Thurston County after acquiring a residential burn permit from their local fire district, or online from ORCAA ( All outdoor burning of residential materials in Thurston County is prohibited July 15 through October 1 each year. Furthermore, outdoor burning is prohibited year-round for residents within the cities of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey, as well as for county residents within the Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundary.

Residents must remember the only material they may legally burn is natural vegetation gathered on site. State law prohibits the burning of garbage and home-repair debris. Burn barrels of any kind are also prohibited by state law.

Unregulated outdoor burning of any kind can contribute to poor air quality, but burning garbage and other debris—even scraps of milled wood products—is particularly problematic. Most household garbage contains a great deal of plastics, chemicals, coatings and chemically treated materials. When burned, this garbage and waste material releases toxic fumes and particles into the air.   This pollution can cause disease ranging from eye and respiratory irritation to potential cancers.

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) encourages all residents to explore options such as chipping of woody debris, and composting of leaves and grass clippings rather than burning. “We all share the air,” said ORCAA Spokesman Dan Nelson. “You’ll be doing yourself, and your neighbors, a favor by composting your  ‘burn’ pile.”

For more information on the outdoor burning rules throughout ORCAA’s jurisdiction, visit