Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer, but summer and the dry weather is not over yet. Conditions remain quite dry throughout the North Sound according to the Drought Monitor. Until a good wetting storm arrives, the North Sound burn ban situation is not likely to change too much. And no significant rain is in sight as mid-September approaches.

Yet, some burn ban restrictions may begin to ease thanks to rising fuel moisture levels given the longer nights. For instance, Skagit County recently allowed recreational fires to resume in unincorporated areas east of the Swinomish Channel.

It is critical to note though that all residential yard and land-clearing outdoor fires in Skagit County continue to be banned until further notice.

All burns bans in Snohomish and Island counties also remain in place. In addition, burn restrictions remain in effect on all Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lands throughout the North Sound including Skagit and Snohomish counties.

For the latest on burn ban information in your area, be sure to contact your local fire district or for cities, your local fire department. Outdoor burn ban information for Snohomish County, Skagit County, and Island County are linked here for your convenience.


North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.