Air Quality vs. Fire Safety Burn Bans
What’s the Difference?
Air quality burn bans are issued and enforced by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency when air pollution levels rise to unhealthy levels.
Air quality burn bans typically occur during fall and winter months and may last for up to a week or more.
During an air quality burn ban:
- The use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited, unless this is your only source of heat and you have been approved by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for an exemption. Apply for an exemption here.
All outdoor fires are banned.
Fire safety burn bans are issued and enforced by the fire marshal or local fire departments when dry weather conditions heighten the risk of wildfires.
Fire safety burn bans are generally called during the summer and can last for several months, even into the fall.
During a fire safety burn ban:
- Outdoor fires used to burn yard debris, land-clearing debris, and agricultural residue are prohibited.
- Recreational fires may also be prohibited.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is NOT responsible for issuing or enforcing fire safety burn bans; this information is provided here as a courtesy to our local fire marshals.