Burn Restrictions


Does DNR have burn restrictions?

Human activities are the main cause of wildfires. DNR uses burn restrictions and when conditions warrant, a Commissioner Order Burn Ban, as a tool to reduce human-caused wildfires during extremely hot and dry weather conditions. When a burn restriction is in place, it prohibits outdoor fires on all state, county, city, and private land under DNR fire protection, including all state forests, DNR-managed forestlands and DNR campgrounds. Restricting campfires and debris-burning helps to reduce the likelihood of potentially destructive and dangerous wildfires.
You can track daily burn restrictions in each Washington county at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/

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

  • A burn restriction violation is a crime. Anyone caught burning may be issued a ticket or prosecuted. 
  • 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 fire suppression personnel and equipment, as required by state law.

It is YOUR responsibility to know the burning rules.