Modified burn ban to go into effect in unincorporated Skagit County

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — Skagit County fire officials announced that a modified burn ban will go into effect for unincorporated Skagit County on Saturday, impacting all residential and land clearing fires.

The burn ban is due to forecast weather conditions.

The burn ban will start at 8 a.m. and will continue until further notice, officials said.

  • Permits will no longer be issued for the activities listed below and existing permits will be suspended.
  • Enclosures must be AT LEAST 14 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 15 feet from combustibles, standing timber, or overhanging tree branches.
  • Someone 16 or older must ALWAYS be present to monitor and/or extinguish the fire.

The burn ban does not apply to agricultural burning permitted through the Northwest Clean Air Agency or silvicultural burning allowed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

For further questions about open burning in the county, call the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-416-1840.