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Outdoor Burning


 OUTDOOR BURN BAN   

IN ISLAND COUNTY

TYPE I BURN BAN IN EFFECT

                    AS OF MIDNIGHT, JULY 30, 2022

  • NO OUTDOOR BURNING OF NATURAL DEBRIS – EVEN WITH A PERMIT.
  • RECREATIONAL FIRES ARE ALLOWED IN APPROVED FIRE PIT*

                      This restriction bans outdoor burning, except for recreational firesRecreational fires are less than three feet in diameter and two feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only. Recreational fires must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all combustible material within a 10-foot radius, must be monitored at all times, and must have a water source readily available (at a minimum, a charged water hose or a five-gallon bucket of water).

*The use of barbeque grills using propane or briquettes, or self-contained camp stoves are also allowed

PROCLAMATION and PUBLIC NOTICE

WHEREAS, by July 30, 2022, atmospheric conditions of stable moisture levels, increased humidity, and cooler weather have increased the risk of fire within the confines of Island County,

THEREFORE, in concurrence with the Fire Protection Districts of Whidbey and Camano Islands and the Northwest Clean Air Agency, I, Sheriff Rick Felici, serving as the Island County Fire Marshal, do hereby proclaim a BAN on ALL outdoor burning (except for recreational fires) within the entirety of Island County

  REPORT VIOLATIONS TO 911

   This Ban will remain in effect until further notice.

 

                                                                                                       SHERIFF RICK FELICI  

                                                                                                       Island County Fire Marshal


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Click here for Burn Permit Application


It is important to remember that residential yard debris and land-clearing burning are permanently banned within city limits of Coupeville, Freeland, Langley, and Oak Harbor (and their urban grown areas).

All yard debris and land-clearing burning will require a permit where open burning is allowed.  All written burn permits will be issued through the Island County Health Department.

To obtain a verbal permit for residential fires less than 4 feet in diameter, call either 360-240-5526 and listen to the required conditions or call Northwest Clean Air Agency at 360-428-1617, EXT 4.

A written permit for fires over 4 feet in diameter can be obtain in person (Whidey Island) at Island County Public Health, 1 NE 6th, Coupeville WA or in person (Camano Island) at 121 E Camano Dr. Camano Island WA. For questions call 360-679-7350 (North and Central Whidbey), 360-321-5111 EXT 7350 (South Whidbey) and 360-678-8261 (Camano Island).

Recreational fires less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high do not require a permit.

As always, burning garbage and the use of burn barrels is illegal STATE WIDE and subject to fines than can exceed $1,000.00.

If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call 360-856-3500 for burn permit information.

For air quality issues call the Northwest Clean Air Agency at 360-428-1617.

REPORT VIOLATIONS TO 911
Land Clearing Burning: (Permit Required)

Pile size must not exceed 25 feet in diameter x 25 feet high.
Permit Fees: $100 for a 1-day permit.
Note:  Burning anything other than natural vegetation or firewood is prohibited.
 
Residential Burning: (Permit Required)
Pile size must not exceed 10 feet in diameter x 10 feet high.
Permit Fees: $40 for a 3-day permit.
Note:  Burning anything other than natural vegetation or firewood is prohibited.
              
Recreational fires 3 feet in diameter X 2 feet high or smaller do not need a permit. These fires are made from charcoal or firewood and are used for cooking or pleasure.
Note:  Burning anything other than natural vegetation or firewood is prohibited.
  

​Helpful Resources

Island County - Active Burn Permits​​

Island County - Permanent​ Burn Ban Areas Map​

Northwest Clean Air Agency - Outdoor Burning Permit Information​​