Agricultural burning & permitting

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Avoid unnecessary burning

April 2, 2020 – During the COVID-19 crisis, local fire departments and first responders are doing everything they can to protect their own health so that they are ready to protect others. Many people in Washington communities are also extremely concerned about their respiratory health. So before starting an outdoor burn of any type, please consider the potential impacts on your neighbors and on local emergency responders, and postpone or cancel your burn if possible.

For information on alternatives to burning, visit ecology.wa.gov/burningalternatives. To report an illegal burn or unhealthy smoke, call 1-866-211-6284 or visit ecology.wa.gov/reportburning.

We issue permits for commercial agricultural burning, and we make daily burn decisions to help reduce the health effects from smoke. Agricultural burning can be an important part of your business. We want to help you do it safely and legally.

Daily agricultural burn decision

Smoke from a permitted burn rises out of the area and does not impact neighbors.

Your agricultural burn permit requires that you check the daily burn decision before burning. It's our job to review current and forecasted air quality conditions, and determine whether burning is allowed in your county and zone for that day. 

Permit information

The Agricultural Burning rule (Chapter 173-430 WAC) was revised effective May 13, 2019.


Permit applications

There are five types of agricultural burn permits available. Each has its own application that provides complete instructions for obtaining a permit.

Contacts information

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