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September 1, 2021

Skagit County lifts parts of burn ban to allow recreational fires in the areas east of the Swinomish Channel.

Beginning Friday, September 3, recreational burning is now allowed in unincorporated Skagit County east of the Swinomish Channel. This change is due to an increase in fuel moisture levels. All residential yard and land-clearing fires continue to be banned until further notice.

The complete burn ban is still in effect for unincorporated areas west of the Swinomish Channel due to differences in precipitation levels and guidance from local fire jurisdictions. For more information, contact the Skagit Fire Marshall at fire@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1840.

Recreational fires are those used for cooking, pleasure, consist only of charcoal or seasoned firewood, and meet the following requirements:

  • Fire must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 16 inches high, no wider than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones, or #10 gauge steel.
  • Burned material must be kept lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure.
  • The following must be in the immediate vicinity of the enclosure and present at all times during burning: A charged garden hose; or two, five-gallon buckets of water; or a five-gallon Class-A fire extinguisher and a shovel.
  • Fires must be 25 feet from any standing timber or combustibles and there must be no tree branches within 15 feet above the enclosure.
  • There must be at least one person 16 years of age or older, in attendance at all times, who is capable of putting the fire out

  • Burn restrictions are still in effect on all Washington State Department of Natural Resources lands. No fires are allowed on DNR-managed recreational sites in Skagit County.

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

    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 .