As of September 30th 2014, the Island County Sheriff's Office lifted the Burn Ban in Island County, including areas protect by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue.
This means that outdoor burning is once again legal, however we ask that if you must burn, please use caution and follow these guidelines:
Recreational burning (such as a campfire in a fire pit) do not need any additional permitting.
If your burning is small, a size of a 4 foot by 4 foot pile, you are required to obtain a verbal burn permit from the Northwest Clean Air Agency by contacting 360.428.1617, and selecting extension 4.
- Fires must not exceed 4 feet in diameter.
- A shovel or rake must be on site.
- Water must be on site:
- Fires less than 4 feet must have a charged garden hose capable of reaching the fire or 10 gallons of water and a bucket.
- Fires 4 feet must have a charged garden hose or a 55–gallon water source with a pump and enough hose capable of reaching the fire.
- One person age 16 or older who is capable of putting the fire out must be in attendance at all times and must have a method to call 911 if needed.
- Only one pile may be burned at a time unless permitted otherwise.
- Do not burn during periods of air stagnation.
- All fires must be contained within a firebreak (bare ground).
- The firebreak must equal the size of the pile.
- The fire must be 50 feet from any structure, standing timber or power lines.
- The landowner’s permission must be obtained if not on your property.
If you need to burn a larger area, or for land clearing, you must obtain a written permit from the Island County Health Department, and the information and fee schedule can be found at their website at http://www.islandcountyeh.org/page/276 (link opens in new window).
Remember, that in the summer, outdoor burning usually becomes temporarily illegal during burn bans. Atmospheric conditions and availability of fire suppression resources are key factors in the decision to implement a summer burn ban. Upon occasion due to atmospheric conditions, a burn ban may be imposed during the winter due to air stagnation issues.