Recreational Burn Ban Lifted in Skagit County

Photo: City of Ocean Shores, WA

Skagit County, WA – Due to the increase in moisture levels, Deputy Fire Marshall Bonnie Lacount has lifted the burn ban on recreational burning in unincorporated Skagit County.  Residential yard and land-clearing fires continue to be prohibited.

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

  1. The Fire must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 16″ high, no wider than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones or #10 gauge steel.
  2. Burned Material must be kept lower than the side walls of the enclosure.
  3. A charged garden hose, two five-gallon buckets of water or a five-gallon Class-A fire extinguisher and a shovel must be in the immediate vicinity of the enclosure and present at all times.
  4. Fire must be kept a minimum of ten feet from any standing timber or combustible and there must be no tree branches within ten feet above the enclosure.
  5. A person of at least 16-years of age or older must be in attendance of the fire at all times and they must be capable of putting the fire out.

If you live within the city limits of an unincorporated city or town, check with your local 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 visit their  Outdoor Burning website by clicking here.


**Information Provided by the Skagit County Fire Marshal Office Press release 09/20/2017


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