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September 26, 2023
Skagit County Lifts Outdoor Burn Ban for all Unincorporated Areas Beginning September 27, 2023
Until further notice, residential yard, and land-clearing fires are again permitted in areas within unincorporated Skagit County.

Due to the continuing elevated fire risk conditions and low fuel moisture levels within Skagit County, the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office joins the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources in banning outdoor burning, including campfires.

Effective August 17, 2023, and until further notice, outdoor burning is banned in unincorporated Skagit County except for permitted agricultural burning.

Enclosed barbeque and propane fire pits are allowed in improved areas, such as residential backyards, and on non-combustible surfaces which are a minimum of ten feet from vegetation or combustible materials. The use of a charcoal barbeque is allowed only on private property. Fire pits or similar enclosures with a metal grate are NOT considered barbeques. Charcoal and ash should be discarded in a metal container and doused with water. The container should be kept ten feet from vegetation or combustible materials for 72 hours.

If you are within the city limits of any incorporated cities or towns, check with your city fire department for current burn restrictions.

This ban does not pertain to agricultural burning permitted through the Northwest Clean Air Agency or silvicultural burning permitted through the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. For information on active permits, contact those agencies directly.

A division of the Planning and Development Services Department, the Fire Marshal's Office provides the following services:

  • Review of permit applications for consistency with the International Fire Code (e.g., structure construction, driveway fire access (standards), fire flow, sprinkler systems, alarms, egress, and venting)
  • Annual inspections of commercial construction (checklist) for consistency with the International Fire Code
  • Outdoor burning and fireworks permitting and regulation
  • Outreach and education programs about fire safety



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Burning & Burn Bans
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Property Information
Fireworks Permits
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The Fire Marshal’s Office administers the following codes:



  • Emergencies Dial: 911
  • Outdoor burning information and permits: 360-416-1840
  • Business annual inspection request line: 360-416-1845
  • Deputy Fire Marshal Bonnie LaCount: 360-416-1842
  • Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Bonsen: 360-416-1843
  • E-mail:
  • Business Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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