Burn Bans

There are 2 separate types of burn bans; those regarding fire safety and those regarding air quality.

1. Fire safety burn ban

A fire safety burn ban is in effect.

A fire safety burn ban is currently in effect in Kittitas County.

The Kittitas County Fire Marshal may grant campgrounds or special events an exemption to a burn ban upon application to the county Fire Marshal and the payment of a processing fee in the amount of sixty-five dollars per hour with a minimum of one hour. Any exemption shall contain such conditions as the Fire Marshal and Fire District deems necessary to mitigate the concerns for extreme fire hazard. Such exemptions and conditions shall be in writing and included in the Exemption permit issued by the Fire Marshal's Office. A copy of the permit shall be prominently posted at the burning site. An Exemption Permit issued by the Fire Marshal shall satisfy the requirements for the Fire District where the property is located. (Ord. 2010-005, 2010) 20.08.030 Open burning prohibited. It is unlawful to engage in burning in any unincorporated area in Kittitas County in an incinerator, open fire or recreational fire after the Kittitas County Fire Marshal has established a burn ban and prior to the ban being lifted unless such burning is conducted in accordance with a written the Exemption Permit pursuant to Section 20.02.020. If the land or property is outside of a fire district, no recreational fires shall be allowed during burn bans. Exception: The Department of Natural Resources may allow recreational fires in designated campgrounds with approved fire pits on DNR protected lands located outside of a fire district. (Ord. 2010-005, 2010) Gas grills and gas fire rings are allowed.
DistrictInformation
Fire District 1 (Rural Thorp) Burn ban in effect.
Fire District 3 (Easton) Burn ban in effect.
Fire District 4 (Vantage) Burn ban in effect.
Recreational camp fires allowed
Fire District 6 (Ronald) Burn ban in effect.
Areas outside fire districts Burn ban in effect.
Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue (Fire District 2) Burn ban in effect.
Charcoal/solid fuel barbecues with screen or lid are allowed. Must be attended with water available.
Fire District 7 (Cle Elum) Burn ban in effect.
Charcoal/solid fuel barbecues with screen or lid are allowed. Must be attended with water available.
Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue Burn ban in effect.
Recreational camp fires allowed

Kittitas County implements a burn ban when the fire danger reaches a critical level. The burn ban includes all burning in unincorporated areas of the county.

2. Air quality burn ban

The Department of Ecology (DOE) governs air quality in Kittitas County and also regulates outdoor burning for air quality purposes. For further information, please contact the Department of Ecology at 509-575-2490 or you may visit their website athttp://www.ecy.wa.gov. The DOE may implement burn bans at any time during the year, and it is incumbent upon property owners to determine if an air quality burn ban is in effect.