The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) is a local government agency charged with regulatory and enforcement authority for air quality issues in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties. ORCAA is one of seven such regional air pollution control agencies in Washington state.
The Fire and Smoke Map displays information on ground level air quality monitors recording fine particulates (PM2.5)
from smoke and other sources, as well as information on fires, smoke plume locations, and special statements about smoke issued by various sources.
Outdoor burning is prohibited year-round for residents within the cities of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey, as well as for county residents within the Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundary. At this time, recreational fires are not affected by the seasonal curtailment. Recreational fires are fires used for entertainment or cooking purposes and are made of either charcoal or seasoned firewood. They can be no larger than 3-feet diameter. NOTE: Recreational fires are also permanently banned within the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater.
The restrictions on outdoor burning during the summer and early autumn have resulted in a significant drop in brush fires and property damage each of the past couple years, according to fire officials.
Anyone with questions about residential, agricultural, or land-clearing burn permits should contact ORCAA,
www.orcaa.org. Questions concerning silvicultural burns should be addressed to Washington DNR,
For more information on the outdoor burning rules throughout ORCAA’s jurisdiction, click here.
Thurston County Burn Information Links