Recreational fires are allowed on improved property in Pend Oreille County in accordance with Pend Oreille County Burning Controls Ordinance 2011-3: 

“Recreational fires on improved property will be allowed when the Washington State Department of Natural Resources allows campfires in designated campgrounds in Pend Oreille County if and only if the recreational fire meets all of the following conditions:

The fire

(1) Is attended at all times
(2) Is no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet and no taller than 2 feet
(3) A charged hose or five gallons of water is present along with a shovel and
(4) There is a fire break/non-combustible surface of at least three feet around the fire.

In the event that a fire escapes, the property owner is responsible for any and all fire suppression costs.

The following Burning Controls are in effect in Pend Oreille County:

1.) All outdoor debris burning is banned
2.) Recreational fires in approved fire pits are allowed provided that all of the above conditions are met
3.) The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques are allowed.”


Burning restrictions in Pend Oreille County were updated as of October 1, 2015. The Fire Danger Rating is now “Moderate”. At this time campfires are allowed in approved designated campgrounds only. Rule burning and permit burning is prohibited. Rule burning includes Recreational fires and Debris burns. Chainsaw restrictions have also changed as the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels for both DNR and the Colville National Forest are now IFPL1.

Protection from Wildfire
By law, DNR uses two closure systems to reduce wildfire risk on 13 million acres of private and state forestland protected by the agency. Activated when needed during the summer fire season, one closure system, the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels, applies to woods workers and other industrial forest users. The other, the burn ban, is aimed at the general public, but also includes local residents, landowners, recreationists and forest workers.

Campfires are now allowed on the Colville National Forest. Due to post-suppression repair and rehabilitation, there are temporary emergency area closures in effect. For more information, please contact your local ranger station. Friday, September 25, 2015 chainsaw restrictions were lifted and the Colville N.F. is now in IFPL1.


IFPL 1 requires a FIRE WATCH. FIRE WATCH means at least one competent person be present at the site(s) for one hour following the operation of spark-emitting equipment. The fire watch shall be vigilant and positioned to be able to detect any fires within five minutes which may originate at the site(s) of the equipment operation. The fire watch shall report a fire to the responsible protection agency within 15 minutes of detection.