Air quality burn ban ends in Island, Skagit, Whatcom

(NORTHWEST WASHINGON)- The Northwest Clean Air Agency is ending a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties because air quality has improved as winds sweep out wildfire smoke.

NWCAA’s air quality burn ban was separate from the three counties’ fire safety burn bans on outdoor burning, which remain in effect because of increased fire danger.

“We’re lifting the air quality burn ban because levels of fine particles from wildfire smoke are dropping throughout the region,” said NWCAA Executive Director Mark Buford. “We would like to thank everyone who did their part to protect the air and people’s health during the air quality burn ban.”

“Please remember that the counties’ fire safety burn bans are still in place until local fire officials determine that fire danger has passed,” Buford said.

Check NWCAA’s website ( for air quality burn ban information and follow NWCAA on Twitter (@NWCleanAir), Facebook, and Instagram (nwcleanair).