Wildfire, Smoke, and Restrictions on Outdoor Activities (updated 10/10/23)
Effective Monday, October 9, 2023 at 0001 hours, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the following information on lands under DNR jurisdiction in our area: Fire danger is low in Ferry County. If you have a written permit, burning is allowed subject to the conditions of your permit. OUTSIDE OKANOGAN COUNTY, rule burns, not to exceed 4 feet in diameter, are allowed for forest debris from property that is not improved. RULE BURNS ARE PROHOBITED WITHIN OKANOGAN COUNTY. Campfires are allowed, however campfires are not allowed on state land except in DNR campgrounds. Contact the county for information on recreation burning on improved property. Contact Department of Ecology to check if an air-quality ban is in place for your area. Please check with local authorities (Ferry County Sheriff Business office: 509-775-3132) for information on burning restrictions on land not under DNR jurisdiction. It is extremely important to use caution when outdoors and to make your home "firewise".
Effective on September 8, 2023: Ferry County is under Level 1 - Closed Season. Fire precaution requirements are in effect. A fire watch - security is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on the Colville National Forest were lifted Friday, September 1.
Specific restrictions on current information on open burning, including campfires and on woods-work (chainsaw use, etc.) restrictions. Remember to check with the local USDA Forest Service ranger district office before cutting firewood and a permit is required to cut firewood on forest service land.
Specific Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) restrictions:
Restrictions on burning and cutting may differ for areas outside of Ferry County. Please check with appropriate agencies for details
Fire-related news from the Ferry County Sheriff's Office check their Facebook Page
British Columbia wildfire information
Information on air quality and smoke origin
Visit Washington Department of Transportation for updated information on highway closures and traffic conditions.
For the most current weather info, visit the National Weather Service. Scroll down to the interactive map and click on a location for a detailed forecast.
Other Outdoor Activities
-Protect Our Natural Resources-
As a reminder...
Fireworks, incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition are all illegal on all DNR Protected Lands. The use of fireworks and exploding targets is prohibited on the CNF.
Keep vehicles off of areas with dry grass and brush, as hot exhaust systems can ignite vegetation. Spark arrestors on all power equipment and vehicles are very important.
Do not smoke cigarettes outside of your vehicle. Use your ashtray. It is recommended that you carry a shovel, fire extinguisher, and water in your vehicle, especially when traveling through forested areas.
Is your home ready for a fire?
Depending on funding for fiscal year 2024, the Ferry Conservation District may be available to give FREE home assessment and recommendations.
When conditions change, we will post updates on this website as soon as possible. Because conditions can change quickly, it is recommended that you check directly with the appropriate agency when planning your work or recreational activity.