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Environ​​​mental Health



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 12:00 midnight tonight, October 25, 2022. 

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 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). 

Visit https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/EH/Burning/Pages/Home.aspx for additional permit information. 

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.


Environmental Health is the branch of Public Health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health.  Natural Resources is the branch of Public Health that is concerned with protecting the natural environment for the benefit of human health and the ecosystemThe goal of Environmental Health is to protect and promote public health. 

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(04/01/2020) In recent weeks, COVID-19 has impacted several Environmental Health programs, including Onsite Sewage System, Food, Outdoor Burning, School Health and Safety, and Shellfish Resources. Please take a moment to evaluate Washington State Department of Health Resources and Recommendations for more information.