Burn bans

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

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 outdoor fires at any time. Find out about outdoor burning before lighting any fires.


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

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



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


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Make a clean air fan

Learn how to make a low-cost clean air fan. This simple fan-filter combination can reduce the amount of the tiny, harmful particles you breathe from wildfire smoke, wood smoke, dust, vehicle exhaust, and pesticide spray. Use it in a small room, with the windows and doors closed.