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Outdoor Burning


              OUTDOOR BURN BAN ISLAND COUNTY    

                        TYPE II BURN BAN IN EFFECT                         

                                         As of 4:00 pm, July 15, 2021                                                

              NO OUTDOOR BURNING OF NATURAL DEBRIS - EVEN WITH A  PERMIT

Burn Ban - Type II includes a ban on all outdoor burning in unincorporated Island County including a ban on recreational fires. Also included the use and discharge of consumer fireworks, unless the use and discharge of such fireworks are authorized by a permit issued by the local fire officials. 

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


THE DANGER OF OUTDOOR FIRES IS VERY HIGH NOW, PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION WITH ANY IGNITION SOURCE

                                    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 in 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.

To obtain a written permit for fires over 4 feet in diameter, call 360-679-7350 (North and Central Whidbey), 360-321-5111 EXT 7350 (South Whidbey) and 360-387-3443 EXT 228 (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​​