July 27, 2022
A Type 1 burn ban for outdoor burning of natural debris in Island County will go into effect on Saturday, July 30, and continue until further notice.
Yes: You can still have small campfires in fire pits and use barbecues.
No: You cannot burn yard debris or burn piles
More specifically: Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high, are allowed within enclosures and when safety precautions are followed. Recreational or cooking fires can consist only of charcoal, seasoned firewood or propane-fueled firepits and must meet the following requirements:
- Enclosures must be AT LEAST 16 inches high, no wider than 3 feet, and made of cement blocks, stones or #10 gauge steel
- Burned material must be kept BELOW the top of the enclosure
- ALWAYS have a charged garden hose OR two 5-gallon buckets of water OR a 5-gallon Class A fire extinguisher and shovel present
- Fires MUST BE 10 feet from combustibles, standing timber or overhanging tree branches
- Someone 16 years old or older must ALWAYS be present to monitor and/or extinguish the fire
Call 911 to report violations of the burn ban to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
If you have any questions about open burning in Island County please contact the Island County Health Department at 360-679-7350 or www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/EH/Burning/Pages/Home.aspx.