The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency
Current Burn Status
(ORCAA) is a local government agency charged with regulatory and
enforcement authority for air quality issues in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties.
ORCAA designates an air quality burn ban when levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) are predicted to exceed or exceed state and federal standards.
Burn Ban Statuses
None in Effect
A permit is generally required for Residential Burning
and Landclearing Burns
. If you live in Thurston County, you will need a burn permit
. However, there are of number of areas which have permanently banned
certain types of burning.
Stage 1 Burn Ban
Under a Stage 1 Ban, (1) no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, (2) all outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned and (3) no visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period.
Stage 2 Burn Ban
During a Stage 2 burn ban, the following restrictions are in place:
- No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves, unless this is your only adequate source of heat. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.
- If your fireplace, pellet stove, or wood stove is your only adequate source of heat and therefore must be used, you must operate it cleanly. No visible smoke is allowed.
- No outdoor fires of any kind are allowed. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimineas or firepits.
- Burn ban violations are subject to a monetary penalty.
During a Stage 2 ban, residents may use natural gas and propane appliances.