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Latest on burn bans in Skagit, Whatcom, Island counties

Aug. 2, 2022

Aug. 2, 2022

Fire officials in Skagit and Whatcom counties began fire safety burn bans at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 16.

Island County started a fire safety burn ban at midnight July 30.

During periods of high fire danger and hot, dry conditions, county fire officials can call for bans on residential and land-clearing burning in unincorporated areas.

The Northwest Clean Air Agency does not issue fire safety burn bans. The agency can call air quality burn bans depending on the amount of smoke pollution in the air, such as when winds carry wildfire smoke into NWCAA’s jurisdiction (Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties).

For more details on the local fire safety burn bans:

Air quality information

 The Northwest Clean Air Agency is responsible for enforcing federal, state, and local air quality regulations in Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. In addition to permitting and regulating industrial sources of air pollution, the agency provides services and information related to asbestos, indoor air quality, outdoor burning, woodstoves, and fireplaces. More information about the agency is available at