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July 12, 2022

Skagit County Burn Ban Takes Effect July 16, 2022

Residential and Land Clearing Fires Banned
Due to forecasted weather conditions, a modified burn ban for all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County will go into effect this Saturday at 8 AM, July 16, 2022, and continue until further notice. Skagit County will no longer issue permits for these activities and existing permits are suspended.

Recreational fires
Recreational and cooking fires, limited to three feet in diameter and two feet high remain allowed in unincorporated Skagit County within enclosures and when safety precautions are followed.
Recreational or cooking fires can consist only of charcoal, seasoned firewood, or propane-fueled firepits and must meet the following requirements:

  • Enclosures must be AT LEAST 14 inches high, no wider than three feet, and made of cement
    blocks, stones, or #10-gauge steel.
  • Burned material must be kept BELOW the top of the enclosure.
  • ALWAYS have a charged garden hose OR two 5-gallon buckets of water OR a 5-gallon Class A
    fire extinguisher and shovel present.
  • Fires MUST BE 15 feet away from combustibles, standing timber, or overhanging tree
  • Someone 16 years old or older must ALWAYS be present to monitor and/or extinguish the

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

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

More information about open burning in Skagit County is available at skagitcounty.net/firemarshal or by calling the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 416-1840.