Fire Safety Burn Ban:
No Outdoor disposal burning allowed county wide. All Ecology burn permits in Chelan and Douglas Counties have expired for the season. If you are a commercial orchardist with a documented pest infestation, please coordinate with your local fire authority for exemption to the County Wide Fire Safety Burn Ban. For questions about the Burn Ban, please contact your local fire department.
For burn permits, first contact your local fire department for permission, then contact Ecology for permitting: (509) 575-2490 MON-FRI, 8:00am-5:00pm.
Wildfire Smoke information: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
The state Department of Ecology has extended a Stage 1 burn ban in nine eastern Washington counties.
The ban affects Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties. It will continue at least until 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30.
Smoke dispersion is expected to remain poor through the weekend, though temporary clearing is possible in some areas.
The ban includes all outdoor burning.
A Stage 1 ban applies to uncertified wood-burning devices – including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts –unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Certified wood-burning devices and pellet stoves are allowed.