Burning restricted to recreation


Due to the decrease in fuel moisture levels and available fire resources, the Fire Marshal’s Office will modify the burn restrictions in Island County to allow recreational burning only. This change is effective as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 23.
Recreational fires are those used for cooking and pleasure and consist only of charcoal, firewood and propane barbecues they must meet the following requirements:

  • Fires must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 16 inches high, no larger than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones, or 10 gauge steel.
  • Burned materials must be kept lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure.
  • The following must be in the immediate vicinity of the enclosure and present at all times during burning: A charged garden hose, or two, five-gallon buckets of water, or a five-gallon class-A fire extinguisher, and a shovel.
  • Fires must be 10 feet from any standing timber and there must be no tree branches within 10 feet above the enclosure.
  • There must be at least one person 16 years of age or older who is capable of putting the fire out in attendance at all times.

More outdoor burning information can be found by calling 360-679-7350 on North Whidbey, 360-321-5111, Ext. 7350 on South Whidbey, and 360-629-4522 Ext. 7350 on Camano Island.


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