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Burn Ban information October – May

No debris burning inside city and urban growth areas.

  • Burning pile of natural debris must only be 4x4x4. One person must be at burn site at all times.
  • Fire must be extinguished by dusk.
  • Burning yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings is allowed.
  • Burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation is allowed.
  • Residents may have campfires so long as the fire is in an approved pit or area.
  • Portable fireplaces are allowed so long as they’re on noncombustible surfaces and burn only natural wood products.
  • No Burning in City Limits or in the urban growth area.
  • Orchard burning of limbs, trees and branches is allowed.
  • Orchard removal of trees to clear land for development call Department of Ecology for a permit 1-509-575-2490.
  • For Agricultural burns, U.S. Forest burns and burns that are  permitted by D.O.E. call Department of Ecology to confirm it is a burn day 1-800-406-5322 recording prompts #1 and #2.
  • For residential natural vegetation burns check the D.O.E website for current burn information and air stagnation notifications.
  • No burning of debris in a barrel.
  • Always call the Fire Department 509-682-4476 to notify us of the location you are burning at.

Prohibited when the BURN BAN is in effect June through September:

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

For more information call us at 509-682-4476

Chelan County Code: Fire Hazard code chp7.52

The link below will provide WAC 173-425-050 which is in regards to Other prohibitions/requirements that apply to all outdoor burning.

Washington State Department of Ecology:

Washington State Department of Natural Resources:

Chelan Fire & Rescue Community

With the current Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) we want to make certain that members of our community have access to good information as we work together to keep our community safe and healthy.

Chelan Fire & Rescue is working closely with our partner response agencies of Lake Chelan EMS, Chelan County Fire District 5 (Manson), Chelan County Fire District 8 (Entiat), Douglas County Fire District 4 (Orondo), and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office as well as community leaders from Chelan and Manson in managing a focused response to the needs of our community.

Working under the direction of Chelan-Douglas County Public Health and Chelan County Emergency Management our local Incident Management Team will be issuing updates regarding this current situation as well as providing access to the information necessary to keep you informed and educated.

We are providing links to the following websites to keep you up to date on the most current information:

  1. Lake Chelan Now,
  2. Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
  3. Chelan Fire & Rescue District 7,
  4. Lake Chelan Community Hospital,
  5. Confluence Health,
  6. Lake Chelan School District,
  7. Washington State Department of Health,
  8. Chelan County,
  9. Chelan-Douglas Health District,
  10. Chelan Chamber of Commerce,
  11. Historic Downtown Chelan,
  12. Chelan County Emergency Management-Facebook com/CCSOEM/

Sparky received his personal protective equipment. Thank you Chrys for keeping Sparky safe and healthy. Lets all wear a mask when in Public.

Are you Ready for Fire Season? 

According to the latest forecast from the National Interagency Fire Center much of the Pacific Northwest is facing “significant large fire potential” for this summer.  The long- range outlook is predicting that warmer and drier than average conditions for Washington through July coupled with cancelled prescribed burning have the potential for increasing our fire problem this season.  Add the possibility of staffing issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we will all be working hard this year to minimize our fire loss.

So, what can you do now as a property or home owner?

With our current Stay at Home directive in place we should being thinking about creating defensible space.  Now is the perfect time to get outside and take these easy steps to protecting your home:

  1. Create at least 30 to 100 feet of defensible space around your home (
  2. Create a “fire free” area within 5 feet of your home using non-flammable landscaping materials and low-growing, high moisture plants.
  3. Clean roofs (remove branches and leaves), gutters (clear pine needles) and decks (move flammable furniture.)
  4. Reduce brush, prune trees (to a minimum of 6 feet from ground) and mow/water grasses regularly to reduce “ladder fuels” that can carry fire from the ground to your home.
  5. Move wood piles, propane tanks, and other flammable items at least 30 feet away from structures.
  6. Replace vent screens with 1/8” or smaller screens to prevent firebrands from entering.
  7. Consider using Class-A asphalt roof shingles, clay tile, or slate roofing materials.

For free Firewise assessments of your home and property please contact Chelan Fire & Rescue at 509-68-4476 and we will gladly schedule a convenient time for you so that our crews can come out and complete the assessment with you.

Remember, we are all in this together in keeping our community safe and healthy.


At noon this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Chelan Fire and Rescue will be doing a test activation of its community siren.  After floating the idea of creating community awareness going into a predicted bad fire season, we were met with overwhelming support of reactivating the siren.  The siren will only activate when Chelan Fire and Rescue is on 2nd alarm or greater wildland or structure fires.  In these situations, we have asked for all available manpower and equipment from all 5 of our stations.  This again will serve notice to the community to be prepared for a wildland fire that could potentially be threatening the safety of our citizens and visitors.  It also serves notice that there could be a delay in other responses due to having to break a truck away from the current emergency.  There will be no weekly test of the siren as we understand that it is loud and people may wonder what it is for.  After this Friday if the siren goes off take a quick look at your surroundings and look for smoke. Every effort will be made to update our social media pages and other media partners with as accurately and timely of information as the emergency allows.

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