Snohomish County Outdoor Burn Ban Starts Today

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal announced a Stage 1 outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County effective July 1 through August 31, 2024. The Stage 1 burn ban suspends all residential burning, even if a permit has been issued.

Every city has its own policy, but most follow suit with the county. In general, the City of Everett is a permanent no-burn area with the exception of recreational fires. Also, Fireworks are banned in Everett.

This restriction bans outdoor residential burning except for recreational and cooking fires.

Recreational fires:

    • Are less than three feet in diameter and two feet high.
    • Are used for cooking or pleasure within an approved fire pit.
    • Contain burning material kept below the top of the fire pit enclosure.
    • Shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
    • Shall be monitored at all times.
    • Must have a water source readily available. At a minimum, this means a charged water hose or a fivegallon bucket of water.

burn banPortable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.

All outdoor burn permits are suspended for the duration of this burn ban.

The ban will remain in effect through the month of August and may be extended in the event of continuing high fire danger conditions. If the burn ban is extended, a new release will be issued.

In the event of a “Red Flag Warning” all outdoor burning is prohibited, including recreational fires, until further notice.

A Red Flag Warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service in the United States to inform the public, firefighters, and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

With anticipated dry weather conditions, the Fire Marshall urges the public to use great caution before lighting any recreational fires since wildfires are a significant risk across the region. If you have any doubts about safety, please don’t burn.

Contact the Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

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