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Fire Marshal Services

Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER)

35050 SE Douglas St., Ste. 210
Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266

Burn Bans

There are two types; know the difference

Burn bans can be issued by:

  1. King County Fire Marshal

    due to increased fire danger from low moisture content in trees and vegetation; all outdoor burning in all of King County is affected.
  2. Puget Sound Regional Clean Air Agency

    to alert people to possible health impacts from increased levels of air pollution; all outdoor burning and some indoor burning affected in parts or all of its four-county jurisdiction.
  3. Both types of burn bans are usually the result of prolonged sunny, dry weather.  (See Air Quality vs. Fire-Safety Burn Bans (external link)).

Fire-safety Burn Ban - Type One 

These burn bans are issued by the King County Fire Marshal, in cooperation with other county and state agencies, when dry weather conditions have caused trees and other vegetation to be more susceptible to catching fire from natural conditions or human activities.  Restricts all outdoor burning including:  fire pits, patio fireplaces, campfires, bonfires, chimneys, land clearing fires, trash barrel fires.  Does not impact use of certified indoor wood stoves or fireplaces.

Air-pollution Burn Ban, potentially affecting people's health - Type Two

These burn bans are issued by the Puget Sound Regional Clean Air Agency (hyperlink) when dry weather and temperature inversions cause pollution to concentrate at such high levels that people may want to restrict outdoor activities.  People with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, heart disease are especially susceptible to harm.
  • Unhealthy levels of air pollution are assigned ‘Stages’ and a number indicating the severity of the pollution.  Stage 1 is the lowest and Stage 3 is the highest level of pollution and health risk. 
  • All outdoor burning is restricted in all stages including:  patio fireplaces, fire pits, chimneys, bonfires, campfires, land clearing fires, trash barrel fires.  
  • All indoor fireplace and uncertified wood stove fires are banned from use
  • Other types of indoor burning is further restricted depending on the severity of the pollution.
  • People are warned about possible negative health impacts by see Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
  • Agency jurisdiction includes King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties.   
  • Burning Permits for King County residents.

    Local fire districts and fire departments may choose to issue burning permits only when burn bans are not in effect.  The King County Fire Marshal does not issue burning permits.  Use non-emergency phone numbers for your local fire districts (hyperlink) or check this website for King County Emergency Management  for more information about getting a burning permit.