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Outdoor Burning


Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and a return to more typical seasonal weather patterns, the Fire Marshal will lift the ban on outdoor burning in Island County as of midnight, September 30, 2021.

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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​​