The Northwest Clean Air Agency has been the primary government agency responsible for protecting the air in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
Burn Ban Types
Burn ban due to impaired air quality is called when air pollutants are measured at unhealthful levels. The Northwest Clean Air Agency or the Washington State
Department of Ecology is responsible for calling this type of ban. This type of burn ban affects wood heating appliances and outdoor burning.
There are two stages of impaired air quality:
Stage I Burn Ban:
No outdoor burning or burning in any uncertified wood stove or fireplace.*
Stage II Burn Ban:
No outdoor burning or burning in any wood stove, fireplace or pellet stove. *
*Exemptions: Households with no other source of adequate heat can request an exemption from NWCAA to burn during a burn ban.