Rule debris burns & permit burns will be allowed in Pend Oreille County beginning Friday, October 8, 2021

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that the fire danger ratings in Pend Oreille County are “Moderate” in the South and “Low” in the North part of the County.

Rule burns will be allowed beginning Friday, October 8, 2021 for forest debris (individual pile size is limited to four feet until October 15, pile size on October 16 increases to ten feet). For burn piles that do not meet the requirements of a Rule Burn, a Burn Permit is needed from DNR.

Please notify the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office the day of your burn by calling 509-447-1980.

Residents are reminded of the following burning guidelines from the Washington State Department of Ecology:

  • Burning in a burn barrel is illegal everywhere in Washington!
  • You can burn only natural vegetation.
  • If smoke from your fire affects your neighbor, you must put out your fire.
  • Burning is not the only way to get rid of natural vegetation. Consider composting & chipping.
  • Where burning is allowed, you may burn only one pile at a time.
  • Do not leave your fire unattended.
  • No residential fires are allowed within 500 feet of forest slash
  • If you see someone you think is burning illegally, or if the smoke from someone’s fire is bothering you, call Ecology’s toll-free complaint line at 1-866-211-6284.
  • No fires are allowed within 50 feet of structures.
  • You can’t burn materials hauled from another property in your fire.
  • No outdoor fires are allowed when air pollution levels are unhealthy.

Additional information is available at:

DNR Burn restrictions Information: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions
DNR Burn Permit Information: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/wildfire/outdoor-burning/burn-permits

DNR Contact Information:
NORTHEAST Region
225 S Silke Rd.
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-7474
northeast.region@dnr.wa.gov