Complete Burn Ban in effect July 16, 2021 for all of Skagit County

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to a news release from the county, due to the elevated fire risk conditions and low moisture levels within Skagit County, Skagit County is issuing a complete burn ban beginning Friday, July 16, 2021. This ban will remain in effect until further notice and aligns with bans already issued by the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources, Island County, and Whatcom County.

Effective July 16, 2021 and until further notice, outdoor burning is banned in unincorporated Skagit County with the exception of permitted agricultural burning. Skagit County is asking residents to refrain from any outdoor burning at this time. It only takes one spark to start a fire, and we all have to do our part to protect our community.

Enclosed barbeque and propane fire pits are allowed on developed properties with water readily available 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 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.