Burn ban extended to Saturday for Okanogan County

OKANOGAN – Continuing poor weather conditions are preventing smoke from dispersing and has prompted the Department of Ecology to extend a Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County to 10 am on Saturday, Dec. 20, when it will expire.

Weather that will scour out the smoke is expected over the weekend.

Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices are allowed.

Up-to-date burn ban information is available at www.waburnbans.net.