The Northwest Clean Air Agency
has been the primary government agency responsible for protecting the air in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
Burn ban due to impaired air quality:
The Northwest Clean Air Agency can call this type of burn ban when air pollutants
are measured at unhealthy levels, or are rising and expected to reach unhealthy
levels. Impaired air quality burn bans affect wood heating and outdoor burning. There
are two stages of impaired air quality burn bans:
Stage I Burn Ban:
No outdoor burning or burning in any uncertified woodstove or
Stage II Burn Ban:
No outdoor burning or burning in any woodstove, fireplace or
*Exemptions: Households with no other source of adequate heat can
request an exemption from NWCAA to burn during a burn ban.