A Stage 1 burn ban has been extended until 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, according to the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology). Poor dispersion is expected to continue to degrade air quality over the next few days.
The Stage 1 ban applies to the use of uncertified wood-burning devices (including wood stoves, inserts and fireplaces).
The ban also applies to all outdoor burning, including residential, agricultural and forest burning.
Under a Stage 1 ban, the use of uncertified wood-burning devices – including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts – is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat.
Certified wood-burning devices and pellet stoves are allowed. Ecology recommends burning hot fires using only clean, dry wood. No excessive smoke is allowed from any wood-burning device beyond a 20-minute start-up.
Due to cold weather and an extended air stagnation forecast and persistent high levels of fine particle air pollution in Clark County, the Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is issuing a
Stage 2 Burn Ban effective immediately throughout Clark County. Continued cold evenings and evening-to-morning inversions followed by limited daytime ventilation and dispersion have caused fine particle air pollution levels to rise to the federal health-based standard. These stagnant conditions are now forecast to continue into Thursday. The use of all fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, and pellet stoves is prohibited until air quality improves and the Stage 2 Burn Ban is lifted. If wood burning is your only source of heat, you are exempt from this curtailment and we ask that you burn as clean as possible. All outdoor burning is also prohibited during this Stage 2 Burn Ban.
A Stage 1 burn ban for Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties has been issued for 4 p.m. today (Dec. 9) by the Washington Department of Ecology. Poor dispersion is expected to degrade air quality over the next few days. The ban will continue at least until 10 a.m. Friday.
All outdoor burning – including residential, agricultural and forest burning – is prohibited.
Under a Stage 1 ban the use of uncertified wood-burning devices – including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts – is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat.
For burn ban updates, check online at www.waburnbans.net.
By limiting burning and following restrictions when burn bans are called, residents can help improve air quality sooner.
Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction