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Air Quality Program

Smoke & Fire


Where there is fire, there is smoke. Where there is smoke, there is air pollution. One of the main sources of air pollution in Washington is wood smoke.

Air pollution control in Washington is based on federal, state, and local laws and rules. EPA, Ecology, and local clean air agencies all regulate air quality.

Ecology implements and enforces air quality rules in counties where there is no local clean air agency.

Burn bans

Ecology can call home heating burn bans in counties where there is no local clean air agency.

Burning alternatives

Learn about what you can do instead of burning yard waste.

Outdoor burning - agricultural

Agricultural burning is burning crop residue, cereal grain stubble, or fruit tree debris.

Outdoor burning - non-agricultural

Outdoor burning that isn't agricultural or forest burning

Smoke and your health

Find out what makes wood smoke dangerous to your health.

Wood burning devices

Get information about which wood burning devices are legal in Washington and how to reduce the smoke from your wood burning device.

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see videos on Ecology's YouTube channelWatch videos explaining:
Building Better Fires
Use Your Wood Stove More Efficiently
• different types of Burn Bans
Smoke from Indoor Burning