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Agricultural burning & permitting

Agricultural burning can be an important part of your business, and we want to help you do it safely and legally. We issue burn permits to agricultural operations. Be sure that burning is the best method for your land and consider alternatives to burning. 

Daily agricultural burning allowance determination

To help reduce smoke-related environmental and health concerns, we make daily decisions for agriculture burn permit holders. Our daily burn decisions include current and forecasted air quality conditions, and let you know if burning is allowed in your county and zone that day.

Before you burn

Once you have received your agricultural burn permit, follow these instructions before burning:

  • Check our daily burn decision by calling 1-800-406-5322.
  • Subscribe to the Central Washington or Eastern Washington burn email lists to receive daily decisions.
  • Check what burn zone you are in. If you have one, it’s indicated on your permit.
  • Contact your local fire department to make sure there are no local burn restrictions in effect.
  • Know the conditions of your permit and follow them.

Post burn

  • Submit your post-burn report (“blue card”).
  • Make sure the fire is completely out.
Consider alternatives to agricultural burning such as varying cropping, weed reduction strategies, and other practices that eliminate or reduce the need to burn.
Determine if you are an agricultural operation Agricultural burn zones What you need a permit for Where to get a permit Permit applications Permit fees Best Management Practices (BMPs)

This is an example of field burning. While the smoke is dense, it is lifting up and out of the area and is not impacting neighbors.

Contact one of our regional offices or your local clean air agency if you have questions about what permit application you need or to find out if burning is allowed in your area.
 
County Phone Email
Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan Counties 509-575-2490 agburnteamcro@ecy.wa.gov
Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 509-329-3400 agburnteamero@ecy.wa.gov
San Juan County 425-649-7267 david.adler@ecy.wa.gov