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 apply 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.

Information about burn bans in your area

Air quality burn bans are called by Ecology, local clean air agencies, and tribes when air is unhealthy. A burn ban can limit wood stove use and outdoor burning. Use the map below to find out which agency regulates burning in your area.

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. Fire safety burn bans are listed on each regulating agency's web page.

Managing smoke and fire to protect people

We keep air pollution from reaching unhealthy levels by issuing agricultural burning permits, setting standards for wood stoves, and calling burn bans. We work with EPA and local clean air agencies to develop regulations and guidelines to protect your health.

You can make a low-cost, yet effective, air cleaner.
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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 in dirty air – from wildfire smoke, wood smoke, dust, vehicle exhaust, and pesticide spray. Use it in a small room, with the windows and doors closed.

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, adults over 65, and people with breathing problems are hurt the most by unhealthy air.

Check current air quality conditions before you burn or when smoke is in the air.