Burn Ban Information

This Okanogan County Emergency Management webpage will be the official host page for all the burn ban/restriction information for all unincorporated parts of Okanogan County.  

Be sure to check with your city, town, and DNR for their current burning rules/restrictions.


A County Wide Burn Ban prohibiting ALL outdoor burning including campfires will go into effect July 12, 2024, at 12:01 AM (midnight).

  • NO field/pile/rubbish/rule/slash/yard vegetation or non-emergent agricultural burning on private lands within Okanogan County.
  • Campfires/Recreational Fires are NOT allowed.

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The County Commissioners implement burn restrictions and burn bans during times of high fire danger.


The Fire Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from the BOCC, DNR, Emergency Management, Fire Chiefs, Forest Service, and the Sheriff’s Office make recommendations to the Commissioners on implementing a burn restriction or burn ban.  When a burn restriction/ban is in place it will be posted on the Emergency Management webpage at: www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergency_management.


Okanogan County uses a two-step system for restricting outdoor burning. The first is a Burn Restriction allowing recreational fires and no other outdoor burning. The second is when High Fire Conditions become present a County-Wide Burn Ban will be implemented, prohibiting all outdoor burning including recreational fires and the use of charcoal. 

 

The Burn Restriction is activated by a set date June 15 to October 15 but may be implemented earlier or extended due to conditions.

 

The Burn Restriction prohibits ALL field/pile/rubbish/rule/slash/yard vegetation and non-emergent agricultural burning on private lands within the unincorporated areas of Okanogan County reducing the risk of wildfires.

 

Recreational Fires are ALLOWED during a burn restriction if used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth, or similar purposes and the fuel being burned is other than rubbish.  Fires used for debris disposal purposes are NOT considered recreational fires. See Recreational Fire definition below.


The Burn Ban is implemented when High Fire Conditions exist and when rescinded will revert to a Burn Restriction.


The Burn Ban prohibits all outdoor burning of combustible materials which may include, but are not limited to yard vegetation or waste, non-emergency agricultural burning, exploding gun targets, and bullet tracer rounds. 


Propane fire pits are allowed during a burn ban. Propane flames cannot be larger than 3 feet wide and 2 feet in height and not burned within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.


(DNR burning restrictions may apply to your private property if you are assessed a DNR Fire Control tax. This can be found on your county tax statement).


Recreational Fire Definition:

Recreational fires shall be contained in a concrete, rock, or steel ring (made from non-combustible material), no larger than 3 feet in diameter and no less than 8 inches in height.  The fire (flames) shall be no higher than 2 feet and not conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.  Recreational fires SHALL be attended to at all times.  

It is strongly encouraged to call Okanogan County Sheriff Dispatch at 509-422-7232 option 4 before burning.


BURN RESPONSIBLY, do not be the one trying to explain how your controlled burn turned into an uncontrolled burn, and be a good neighbor and don’t let it smolder.


On the Colville Reservation contact Mt. Tolman Fire Center for burning rules/restrictions, 509-634-3100


Visit the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest or the Colville National Forest Websites for fire danger and outdoor burning restrictions for lands managed by the Forest Service.


For Air Quality burn bans go to DOE and climate information.

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Fireworks are Illegal in unincorporated areas of the county. County Code

If you do see a wildfire call 911 or Okanogan County Sheriff's Dispatch at 509-422-7232 option 4.

REMEMBER when reporting a wildfire Location, Location, Location, know your surroundings.


DNR 1-800-323-BURN(2876)
https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/

U.S. Forest Service Tonasket Ranger District 509-486-2186
U.S. Forest Service Methow Valley Ranger District 509-996-4003
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=fsbdev3_053600

Colville Confederated Tribes (Mt. Tolman) 509-634-3100
https://www.colvilletribes.com/mt-tolman-fire-control