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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 burn decision

To help reduce smoke-related environmental and health concerns, we make daily decisions for agricultural 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

Consider alternatives to agricultural burning such as varying cropping, weed reduction strategies, and other practices that eliminate or reduce the need to burn.

If burning is still your best method, obtain a permit under "Permit applications" below.

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

  • Check our daily burn decision by calling 1-800-406-5322, or subscribe to the Central Washington or Eastern Washington Listserv to receive daily burn decisions by email.
  • Know what burn zone you are in. If you're in a burn zone, it's indicated on your permit.
  • Contact your local fire department to make sure there are no local burn bans 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.

Permit information

Determine if you are an agricultural operation What you need a permit for Where to get a permit Permit applications Permit fees Agricultural burn zones Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Permit applications

There are five types of agricultural burn permits available. Each has its own application that provides complete instructions for obtaining a permit.
Baled residue Conservation Reserve Program  Field Pile Spot 
Image of an agricultural burn from the air showing a lot of smoke.

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
Benton, Spokane, Yakima, and all other western Washington Counties   Contact your local clean air agency