Burn Ban in Effect July15,2014

posted Jul 13, 2014, 6:53 AM by Gerry Francis

Skagit County Burn Restrictions Modified

SKAGIT COUNTY – Due to the decrease in fuel moisture levels and available fire resources, the Fire Marshal’s Office will modify the burn restrictions in unincorporated areas of Skagit County to allow recreational burning only. This change will be effective as of Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8:00 am.

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

  • Fires must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 16 inches high, no larger than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones, or #10 gauge steel.
  • Burned materials 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 5 gallon class-A fire extinguisher, and a shovel. 


  • Fires must be 10 feet from any standing timber and there must be no tree branches within 10 feet above the enclosure.


  • There must be at least one person 16 years of age or older who is capable of putting the fire out in attendance at all times.


As of Tuesday, July 15 at 8:00 am, debris-burning fires are not allowed until further notice. If residing within the city limits of any of the incorporated cities or towns, contact your city fire department for current burning restrictions.


The permanent open burning ban remains in effect in the cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, Hamilton, La Conner, Lyman, Mount Vernon, Sedro Woolley, and their urban growth areas. For more information on the burn ban in these cities, contact the Northwest Clean Air Agency at (360) 428-1617 or visit www.nwcleanair.org


If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call (360) 856-3500 for burn permit information.


For more information or questions regarding open burning in Skagit County, please contact the Skagit County Deputy Fire Marshal Kevin Noyes at (360) 419-7789. For a complete list of all Recreational Burning conditions, visit www.skagitcounty.net

Gerry Francis,
Jul 13, 2014, 6:53 AM