Burn bans

Ecology, local clean air agencies, and tribes can restrict indoor and outdoor burning under certain conditions. Fire safety burn bans protect people and property when wildfire danger is high, while air quality burn bans protect people when the air is unhealthy.

Air quality burn bans

Air quality burn bans are called by Ecology, local clean air agencies, and tribes to protect people's health. A burn ban limits wood stove use and outdoor burning.

Ecology calls burn bans only in counties with no local clean air agency. These counties are: Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman. Burn bans do not apply to homes with no other source of heat.

Current burn bans

The map below shows burn bans called by Ecology. It also shows other burn bans we know about. Before you burn, check with your local clean air agency by clicking on your county on the map.

Updated 12/3/20

  Stage 1 Burn Ban (yellow) = NO use of uncertified wood stoves or fireplaces; NO outdoor, agricultural, or forest burning in:

County (clean air agency, CAA) Start date/time End date/time
Yakama Reservation (EPA) – NO outdoor burning midnight
Fri., Dec. 4, 2020
until further notice
Okanogan Valley, including Riverside, Omak, Okanogan, Malott 5 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020
until further notice

 

  Stage 2 Burn Ban (red) = NO burning in:

County (clean air agency, CAA) Start date/time End date/time
Yakima (Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency) 3:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020
until further notice
Columbia Valley, Whatcom (Northwest Clean Air Agency) 10 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 2, 2020
until further notice
none in Ecology counties    

 

Fire safety burn bans

Fire safety burn bans are called by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, local fire districts, and tribes to protect people and property when wildfire danger is high.

If you live in an urban growth area you may not be allowed to have an outdoor fire at any time. Find out about outdoor burning before lighting any fire.

Fire safety burn bans
Washington Dept. of Natural Resources 
  • Check for fire safety burn ban on state lands.
  • Regulates burning on state lands.
  • Restricts outdoor burning, such as campfires and debris burning.
Local fire districts
Tribes

 

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Report illegal burning

Using a burn barrel is illegal.  Burning in an urban growth area is also illegal.  If you see illegal burning, report it.

Law and rules about burn bans