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Burn Ban and restrictions


  • Residential campfires continue to be allowed in a designated campfire area, including a portable fire pit.

  • Fires are allowed in commercial barbecues and camp stoves.

Chelan County Mountain Zone Fire Danger Rating: Very High (updated 7/11/24)

For more information on fire danger and restrictions click HERE.

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions -- In Effect as of July 9, 2024 on all Forest Service Lands. Click below to see more details.

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There is currently a burn ban on all WA State lands. No fires, and no charcoal briquettes. Click below for more info.

What is a compliant Campfire in Chelan County?

  • An outdoor fire burning area for recreational fires

  • Only natural wood materials other than rubbish can be burned

  • You must have ALL combustible materials removed down to mineral soil 

  • You must have a containment area of Rock, Metal, Concrete or any other non-combustible material 

  • Shall not be more than thirty-six inches in diameter 

  • All combustible materials one and one-half feet surrounding the fire must be removed

  • Fuel for the campfire must not extend above the edge of the campfire containment area

  • Campfires must always be attended by at least one person

  • You must maintain means to extinguish the fire entirely

Outdoor Fire Pits

An outdoor fire pit should not be larger than 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height.  

Must be made out of a non-combustible material such as rock, concrete, or metal. 

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Outdoor Burning Restrictions are in effect June 1st through October 1st :

  • Burning yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings are prohibited.

  • Burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation is prohibited.

  • Residents may still have campfires so long as the fire is in an approved pit or area.

  • Restricted open flame devices, meaning using devices liable to start a fire in moderate fire hazard areas

  • Portable fireplaces are allowed so long as they’re on noncombustible surfaces and burn only natural wood products.

  • Moderate travel restrictions are also in effect, meaning motorists can’t operate vehicles off the roadway

  • Campfires in Compliant pits may be allowed during this time, check for current restrictions. 

  • Portable Propane Campfires are usually allowed under these restrictions but can still be dangerous depending on conditions 

  • During a burn ban, fire danger is increased and burning brush, needles or yard waste is not allowed and will be extinguished. 

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Fireworks are illegal in Chelan County

Please remember that discharge of Fireworks is prohibited in Chelan County (This includes Snakes and Sparklers). 

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Burn barrels are illegal in WA State.

It is Prohibited in WA State to burn the following materials:​​

Garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, paper (other than what is necessary to start a fire), cardboard, treated wood, construction/demolition debris, metal

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