Burn ban information

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Avoid unnecessary burning

April 2, 2020 – During the COVID-19 crisis, local fire departments and first responders are doing everything they can to protect their own health so that they are ready to protect others. Many people in Washington communities are also extremely concerned about their respiratory health. So before starting an outdoor burn of any type, please consider the potential impacts on your neighbors and on local emergency responders, and postpone or cancel your burn if possible.

For information on alternatives to burning, visit ecology.wa.gov/burningalternatives. To report an illegal burn or unhealthy smoke, call 1-866-211-6284 or visit ecology.wa.gov/reportburning.

Ecology, local clean air agencies, and tribes can restrict indoor and outdoor burning under certain conditions.

Ecology air quality burn bans

Air quality burn bans are called by Ecology, local clean air agencies, and tribes to protect human health. A burn ban can limit 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 Ecology burn bans

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

County Start date/time End date/time
none in effect in Ecology counties

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

County Start date/time End date/time
none in effect in Ecology counties



Fire safety burn bans

Fire safety burn bans are called by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, tribes, and local fire districts 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 outdoor fires at any time. Find out about outdoor burning.

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

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.

Laws and rules about burning