According to a news release from the county, beginning Friday, September 3, recreational burning is now allowed in unincorporated Skagit County east of the Swinomish Channel. This change is due to an increase in fuel moisture levels. All residential yard and land-clearing fires continue to be banned until further notice.
The complete burn ban is still in effect for unincorporated areas west of the Swinomish Channel due to differences in precipitation levels and guidance from local fire jurisdictions.
Recreational fires are those used for cooking, pleasure, consist only of charcoal or seasoned firewood, and meet the following requirements:
- Fire must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 16 inches high, no wider than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones, or #10 gauge steel.