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Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue

Outdoor Burning - Why Not Allowed

Outdoor Burning

Not Allowed

Outdoor Burning is not currently allowed — why might this be?

There are multiple regulatory agencies with authority to temporarily or permanent restrict outdoor burning within the jurisdictional boundaries of Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue. If outdoor burning is not currently allowed, it is as a result of one or more of these agencies implementing a restriction or ban.

  • Snohomish Regional & Rescue
    • The outdoor burning program implemented by Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue through Resolutions 2017-2 and 2017-08 specify that there is no burning during the months of July and August of any year.
  • Snohomish County Fire Marshal
    • The county fire marshal generally implements a countywide months-long fire safety ban on outdoor burning in the summer months, most often lasting into September. The countywide burn ban exist because of many factors, including weather, fuel moistures, and firefighting resource deployment to regional wildland fires (including out of state wildland fires). The net result to Snohomish Regional Fire & Residential is that residential burning is not allowed each year during July, August, and (often) part of September.
  • Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
    • The PSCAA is responsible for taking mitigating measures during periods of impaired air quality; this often means a ban on outdoor burning. Such burn bans occur throughout the year when atmospheric conditions are stagnant.

The best source for determining whether outdoor burning is allowed, is our website at Even if another agency implements a burn ban affecting the residents within Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue, our aim is to provide a single information source, so we will always post the current burning status on our website.