Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and a return to more typical seasonal weather patterns, the Fire Marshal will lift the ban on outdoor burning in Island County as of midnight tonight (September 30, 2021).
It is important to remember that residential yard debris and land-clearing burning are permanently banned in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley, and Oak Harbor (and their urban grown areas).
All yard debris and land-clearing burning will require a permit where open burning is allowed. All written burn permits will be issued through the Island County Health Department.
To obtain a verbal permit for residential fires less than 4 feet in diameter, call either 360-240-5526 and listen to the required conditions or call Northwest Clean Air Agency at 360-428-1617, EXT 4.
To obtain a written permit for fires over 4 feet in diameter, call 360-679-7350 (North and Central Whidbey), 360-321-5111 EXT 7350 (South Whidbey) and 360-387-3443 EXT 228 (Camano Island).
Visit https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/EH/Burning/Pages/Home.aspx for additional permit information.
Recreational fires less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high do not require a permit.
As always burning garbage and the use of burn barrels is illegal STATE WIDE and subject to fines than can exceed $1,000.00.
If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call 360-856-3500 for burn permit information.
For air quality issues call the Northwest Clean Air Agency at 360-428-1617.