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Smoke & fire management

Smoke from burning pollutes the air and can cause serious health problems. Air pollution control in Washington is based on federal, state, and local laws and rules. We implement and enforce regulations for outdoor burning and wood stoves. In counties where there is no local clean air agency, we call air quality burn bans when needed.

See if there is a burn ban in your area

Washington State Clean Air Agencies mapSpokane Regional Clean Air Agency (Spokane County) Benton Clean Air Agency (Benton County) Email Ecology's Eastern Regional Office (Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman Counties) Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (Yakima County) Southwest Clean Air Agency (Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Wahkiakum Counties) Email Ecology's Central Regional Office (Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan Counties) Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish Counties) Email Ecology's Northwest Regional Office (San Juan County) Northwest Clean Air Agency (Island, Skagit, Whatcom Counties)

Managing smoke and fire to protect people

We are able to keep air pollution from reaching harmful levels by issuing agricultural burning permits, setting standards for wood stoves, and calling burn bans. We work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local clean air agencies to develop guidelines, regulations, and educational materials aimed at protecting public health.

Health impacts of smoke

Air pollution from smoke can cause serious health problems. Much like cigarette smoke, the smoke from burning leaves, grass, brush, and tree needles can cause asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and lung cancer. Children, the elderly, and those with breathing problems are most harmed by poor air quality.