Burn Ban in effect on DNR-protected lands
Campfires are banned in many parts of Washington on DNR-protected lands. If campfires are allowed, they must be in approved fire pits within some designated state, county, municipal, or other campgrounds. Please check with local authorities before lighting any fire. For specific information, see our sheet of acceptable and unacceptable burning.
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.