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❇  Mason County – NO Burn Bans in Effect  Click Here for more information.
❇  Pacific County – NO Burn Bans in Effect  Click Here for more information.
❇  Thurston County – NO Burn Bans in Effect Click Here for more information.

You can sign up for the Email Alert Program. By signing up for the new Email Alerts Program, you will be among the first to know when we issue a burn ban, voluntary restrictions, issue an air quality alert, or have other news to share. Smoke generated from outdoor burning poses a serious threat to residents throughout the counties served by Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA): Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston. More than 25 percent of the complaints received by ORCAA in 2008 were the result of outdoor burning issues. Outdoor burning accounts for approximately 10 percent of the state’s air pollution. ORCAA designates an air quality burn ban when levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) are predicted to exceed or exceed state and federal standards. ORCAA and other local air quality agencies may call either a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Burn Ban, depending on conditions.

During a Stage 1 Burn Ban,

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (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

During a Stage 1 Burn 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. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimineas or fire pits.
3. No visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20- minute start-up period.

During a Stage 2 Burn Ban,

1. 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.
2. No outdoor fires of any kind are allowed. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimineas or fire pits.
3. Burn ban violations are subject to a monetary penalty.
4. During a Stage 2 ban, residents may use natural gas and propane appliances.