Burn Bans
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DNR currently has a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands through September 30, 2015. See Commissioner Goldmark's Statewide Burn Ban Order.

Why does DNR have a burn ban?

In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires during extremely hot and dry summer months, DNR will issue a burn ban. When the burn ban is in place, it will prohibit outdoor fires on all state, county, city, and private land under DNR fire protection. Human activities are the number one cause of destructive wildfires. These wildfires are dangerous and becoming more costly. Restricting those activities helps reduce the likelihood a fire will start.

What IS allowed during the burn ban?

  • Liquid gas stoves and propane stoves that do not use solid briquettes.
  • Camp stoves and lanterns with attached pressurized gas canisters.
  • Solid fuel and citronella candles in metal or glass containers.
  • Propane gas camp stoves or propane campfire pits used for campground or backcountry use.

What is NOT ALLOWED during the burn ban?

  • Recreational fires
  • Fireworks of any kind.
  • Any incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition.
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Lanterns, stoves, and Tiki torches that use non-pressurized liquid gas or fuel.
  • Solid fuel candles that are not enclosed within a metal or glass container.

It is YOUR responsibility to know the burning rules.

If you plan to burn, know the rules.

What are the consequences for starting a wildfire during a burn ban?

  • A violation of this burn ban is punishable as a crime.
  • In addition to criminal prosecution, DNR may pursue civil actions against any person whose negligence is responsible for starting or allowing a fire to spread.
  • If your fire escapes, you will be responsible for paying for people and equipment for fire suppression as required by Chapter 76.04 RCW.