Sheriff's Office to lift burn ban

A countywide burn ban on outdoor materials will be lifted next week due to an increase in moisture levels, the Island County Sheriff’s Office has announced.

The existing ban will officially end 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23. Residential yard debris and land-clearing burning, however, are still permanently banned in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley, Oak Harbor and in urban growth areas on Whidbey and Camano islands.

All yard debris and land-clearing burning requires a permit, issued through the Island County health department, where open burning is allowed.

Recreational fires less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high do not require a permit.

Burning garbage and the use of burn barrels are illegal statewide and subject to fines exceeding $1,000.

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