• Recreational, air quality burn bans lifted in Skagit County

    September 22, 2020
    Today, due to improved air quality the Northwest Clean Air Agency has lifted the air quality burn ban that was put in place last week. Additionally, the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s office has lifted the recreational burn ban due to improved fuel moisture levels.

    Recreational fires are now allowed. Recreational fires are those used for cooking or pleasure, and meet the following requirements:
    • Fire must only use charcoal or seasoned firewood.
    • Fire must be in an enclosure made of cement block, stones or #10 gauge steel. The enclosure must also be a minimum of 16 inches high and no wider than three feet across.
    • Burned materials must be kept lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure.
    • A charged garden hose, two five-gallon buckets of water or a five gallon Class-A fire extinguisher and a shovel are kept in the immediate vicinity of the fire at all times.
    • Fires must be 10 feet from any standing timber or combustibles, and there must be not tree branches within ten feet above the enclosure.
    • There must be at least one person 16 years of age or older and capable of putting the fire out in attendance of all times.
    The air quality burn ban is lifted for all of Skagit County. If you are thinking of burning within the limits of an incorporated city or town, check with your local fire department for any restrictions on recreational fires. Residential yard and land-clearing fires are not allowed at any time within city or town limits, and will continue to be banned in unincorporated Skagit County until at least October 1, 2020.

    If you have questions about open burning in Skagit County please contact the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 416-1840, or our Outdoor Burning website at http://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/FireMarshal/burning.htm
    County Commissioners: Lisa Janicki, Ken Dahlstedt, Ron Wesen
    1800 Continental Place, Suite 100
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    (360) 416-1300  |  commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us