Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Photo: Example of poor smoke at a residential homeAir Quality Burn Bans

When pollution rises, burn bans are an important part of keeping our air clean and healthy for everyone.  We use current and forecasted conditions and pollution levels to decide when a burn ban is needed. Once conditions improve, burn bans are removed.

Typically weather conditions allow for good air quality in our region, but during colder months, weather inversions and calm winds are more common. Without strong winds, the air becomes stagnant and weather inversions trap the air closer to the ground.

These conditions combined with an increase in wood burning make air quality burn bans necessary.

Learn about different burn ban stages what is allowed and not allowed below:


Stage 1 Burn Ban


Stage 2 Burn Ban

No burning in uncertified wood stoves or inserts, or fireplaces. No outdoor burning. EPA certified devices and pellet stoves are allowed.   No wood burning allowed, including pellet stoves and EPA certified devices. No outdoor burning.



No wood burning allowed


Uncertified Wood Stoves

Uncertified Wood Inserts

Outdoor Burning




EPA Certified Wood Stoves

EPA Certified Wood Inserts

Pellet Stoves & Inserts



If you have no other adequate source of heat besides wood, an exemption may be approved, but you must apply in advance. Visit our FAQ's to learn more.


How can I find out when a burn ban is called?


Why is wood smoke a concern?


Burn ban FAQs


What is the difference between air quality and fire safety burn bans?


Residential burn ban protocols