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Burn ban information

Ecology, local clean air agencies, and tribes determine when air quality burn bans are needed to protect public health. They can limit your use of wood stoves, outdoor burning, and similar activities and typically happen in the winter when wood smoke pollution reaches unhealthy levels.

Current burn bans called by Ecology

There are no current burn bans called in Ecology regulated areas.

See if there is a burn ban in your area

Ecology doesn't call bans for all areas. Look for burn bans by county or select your region on the map below to visit the regulating agency's website for burn ban information.

About air quality burn bans

We regulate air quality burn bans only in these counties without local clean air agencies.
Pend Orielle
San Juan
Walla Walla

Get air quality burn ban notices from us via email. 

Air quality burn bans will either be a Stage 1 or Stage 2 ban: 

  • Stage 1: No use of uncertified wood stoves or fireplaces, outdoor burning, and forest burning when pollution approaches unhealthy levels. 
  • Stage 2: No use of any wood stoves or fireplaces, outdoor burning, and forest burning when pollution reaches an even higher unhealthy level.

Burn bans do not apply to those who use wood stoves as their only source of heat.

Urban growth area burning restrictions

Urban growth areas are lands dedicated for urban 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'x3'x2'), 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

Other types of burn bans

Fire safety burn bans
Dept. of Natural Resources: 
Fire safety burn bans
  • Regulates burning on state lands to reduce the chance of wildfires.
  • Restricts outdoor burning, such as campfires and debris burning.
  • Check to see if there is a fire safety burn ban on state lands.
Local authorities:
Fire safety burn bans
  • Issued by local fire districts.
  • This includes private and municipal lands in city limits and unincorporated areas of the county.
  • Check with local authorities directly before you burn.
Fire safety burn bans
  • Issued by individual tribes. 
  • Check with them directly to see if they have called a burn ban.


Report illegal burning

Using burn barrels is illegal statewide. Burning in an urban growth area is also illegal. If you see someone burning illegally, please report it.