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Outdoor burn ban modified to allow recreational fires

Due to recent rain, the fire danger has lessened. Therefore, effective September 23rd, recreational fires are allowed in Snohomish County.  The burn ban is still in effect for outdoor burning other than recreational fires. This means that all outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) for agricultural burning, are suspended until the burn ban is lifted.

September 23, 2020, update.

Due to recent rain, the fire danger has lessened. Therefore, effective immediately, recreational fires are allowed.

Recreational fires are:

  • Less than three feet in diameter and two feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only.
  • They must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all combustible material within a 10 foot radius, must be monitored at all times, and must have a water source readily available (at a minimum, a charged water hose or a five-gallon bucket of water).

The burn ban is still in effect for outdoor burning other than recreational fires.  This means that all outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) for agricultural burning, are suspended until the burn ban is lifted.

Incorporated cities and towns included in this outdoor burning ban are: Arlington, Brier, Darrington Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Gold Bar, Index, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood, and Sultan.

Residents living within an incorporated city or town not listed above, please check with your local fire department for current burning ban information.

Please contact the Snohomish County Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

September 8, 2020, update.

Due to high fire danger and sustained hot and dry weather conditions, the outdoor burn ban previously issued July 22nd for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County has been UPGRADED to a complete burn ban which includes recreational fires. The upgraded burn ban will take effect immediately and be effective until further notice.

This restriction bans all outdoor burning, including recreational fires.

Exceptions: Charcoal and Gas Grills.

Incorporated cities and towns included in this outdoor burning ban are: Arlington, Brier, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Gold Bar, Index, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood, and Sultan.

Citizens living within an incorporated city or town not listed above, please check with your local fire department for current burning ban information.

All outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) for agricultural burning, are suspended until this ban is lifted. This ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall and the fire risk returns to low. 

Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

Original July 17, 2020, Snohomish County press release.

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has announced an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County that will go into effect Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 8:00 am. 

If you live in Arlington, Brier, Darrington Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Gold Bar, Index, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood or Sultan, please note that they are also participating in this burn ban, and these restrictions will apply within their incorporated boundaries as well.

For those residents living within the boundaries of another city or town not listed above, please check with your local fire department for current burning ban information.

This restriction bans outdoor burning, except for recreational fires.

Recreational fires are less than three feet in diameter and two feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only. They must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all combustible material within a 10 foot radius, must be monitored at all times, and must have a water source readily available (at a minimum, a charged water hose or a five-gallon bucket of water).

This ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall and the fire risk returns to low.

All outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) for agricultural burning, are suspended until this ban is lifted.

With the continuing dry weather conditions, we urge the public to use great caution before lighting any recreational fires, since wildfires are a significant risk across the region.

If you have any doubts about safety, please don’t burn.

Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

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