Air quality burn bans are called by Ecology, local clean air agencies, and tribes to protect public health. They can limit your use of wood stoves and outdoor burning and typically occur during the winter when wood smoke pollution reaches unhealthy levels. We call air quality burn bans only in areas of the state with no local clean air agency.
Fire safety burn bans are called by the Department of Natural Resources, tribes, and local fire districts when wildfire danger is high.
Air quality burn bans
An air quality burn bans has two stages:
- Stage 1: No use of uncertified wood stoves or fireplaces, outdoor burning, agricultural, and forest burning when air pollution approaches unhealthy levels.
- Stage 2: No burning indoors or outdoors when air pollution reaches an even higher unhealthy level.
Burn bans do not apply to homes with no other source of heat.
Urban growth area burning restrictions
Urban growth areas are lands intended for development. Areas outside of urban growth area boundaries are managed to protect natural, rural, and agricultural lands from urban sprawl.
If you live in an urban growth area, all burning is illegal except for small recreational fires (3 feet x 3 feet x 2 feet), tumbleweed, and permitted agriculture burning.
If you live outside an urban growth area, you may have limited outdoor burning. Check with your local clean air agency to see if there is a burn ban in place before you start a fire.
Use the map below to see if you are in an urban growth area. Zoom in to your area by using the + sign.