The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that the fire danger rating in Pend Oreille County will decrease to a “Low” level as of October 28, 2015 at 00:01.

Rule burns are allowed for forest debris (individual pile size is limited 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 509-447-3151.
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. See www.ecy.wa.gov/BreatheTheDifference for more information.
  • Where burning is allowed, your burn pile must be less than 10’ across and 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.