The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local outdoor air quality standards and regulations in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties of southwest Washington state. Our mission is to preserve and enhance air quality in southwest Washington.

(Outdoor burning is permanently banned in all urban growth areas)
Clark County   A Burn Ban is in Effect    More Info 
Cowlitz County   A Burn Ban is in Effect    More Info 
Lewis County   A Burn Ban is in Effect    More Info 
Skamania County   A Burn Ban is in Effect    More Info 
Wahkiakum County   A Burn Ban is in Effect    More Info 


Wildfire Resistant Landscape Ideas

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 - Selecting fire-resistant plants for your home landscape may reduce your risk from wildfire.

  • Use low-growing herbaceous (non-woody) plants and keep them green during the fire season through irrigation if necessary. Herbaceous plants include lawn, clover, a variety of groundcovers, bedding plants, bulbs, perennial flowers and conservation grasses.

  • Mulches, rock, and non-combustible hard surfaces (concrete sidewalks, brick patios, and asphalt driveways) are encouraged.

  • Deciduous ornamental trees and shrubs are acceptable if they are kept green and free of dead plant material. Overgrown vegetation needs to be removed and individual plants or groups of plants should be arranged in a manner in which adjacent wildland vegetation cannot convey a fire through them to the structure. Shorter deciduous shrubs are preferred.

  • Minimize the use of ornamental coniferous shrubs and trees.

  • Where permitted, most wildland shrubs and trees should be removed from the area surrounding your home. Replace with more desirable, fire resistive alternatives. Individual specimens or small groups of wildland shrubs and trees can be retained so long as they are kept healthy, free of dead wood, and pruned to reduce the amount of fuel and height.

  • In an area where substantial removal of wildland vegetation is not allowed, wildland vegetation should conform to the recommended separation distances, be kept free of dead plant material, pruned to remove and reduce fuel load, and be arranged so it cannot readily convey a fire from the wildlands to the house. Please become familiar with local requirements before removal of wildland vegetation.

  • Tree limbs within 15 feet of a chimney, encroaching on powerlines, or touching the house should be removed.
All plants will burn under extreme fire weather conditions such as drought. However, plants burn at different intensities and rates of consumption. Fire-resistant plants burn at a relatively low intensity, slow rates of spread and with short flame lengths.

Ideas Courtesy of Washington State Department of Natural Resources


Tips for a cool summer

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - What you can do to have a reduced emission summer.

Check your air quality before you go out - to run, to play or to do yard work by clicking here

Don't top off your fuel tank! Refuel your vehicle in the early morning or evening. Learn more by clicking here

Get energy savings! Change your air filters and tune up your HVAC. Find out more about what you can do to help reduce emission by clicking here

Extreme heat conditions. Prepare for reduced air quality and incresed energy use. Find out more about how to be prepared by clicking here

For more SUMMER tips click here

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