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Effective January 1, 2007 the cities of Langley and Coupeville join Oak Harbor as Urban Growth Areas. 

(b) Outdoor burning shall not be allowed in any urban growth area as defined by RCW 36.70A.030, or any city of the state having a population greater than ten thousand people if such cities are threatened to exceed state or federal air quality standards, and alternative disposal practices consistent with good solid waste management are reasonably available or practices eliminating production of organic refuse are reasonably available. In no event shall such burning be allowed after December 31, 2000, except that within the urban growth areas for cities having a population of less than five thousand people, that are neither within nor contiguous with any nonattainment or maintenance area designated under the federal clean air act, in no event shall such burning be allowed after December 31, 2006.

Recreational fires are allowed in the Urban growth area.  For more information log on to  These fires are allowed for recreational use only and not to be used as a method to clean up property after a storm and/or time where natural debris is in abundance.  Recreational fires cannot be used as a disposal fire.

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RCW 70.94.743 outdoor burning specifics