Burn ban decisions are made by working closely with our district Fire Chief’s, NW Clean Air, and Island County Public Health.
Factors considered to assess the need for burning restrictions include local fuel moisture levels, atmospheric conditions, long-range weather forecasts, and availability of local firefighting resources.
Current conditions are not quite as dry as this time last year, however, given the likelihood that things will dry out very rapidly, a Type I burn ban will go into effect at midnight on Sunday, July 2, 2023.
Burn Ban - Type I includes a ban on all outdoor burning in unincorporated Island County except for recreational fires that occur in designated areas or on private property with the owner's permission. Type I burn bans also do not apply to the use and discharge of consumer fireworks in compliance with chapter 9.08A or chapter 70.77 RCW. The use of barbeque grills using propane or briquettes, or self-contained camp stoves are exempt from Type I burn bans.