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Stage 1 Burn Ban LIFTED in Thurston County

Due to improved air quality conditions and changing weather, the Stage One Burn Ban has been LIFTED in Thurston County effective at 11 a.m. today (Monday, Jan. 16, 2017).

A substantial reduction in smoke output due at least in part to the great public response to the called ban, has moved Air Quality conditions back into the “Green” on the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) scale (see real-time air quality conditions HERE).

To stay up-to-date on burn bans throughout Washington, visit waburnbans.net and for all air quality issues, visit ORCAA at www.orcaa.org.

Stage 1 Burn Ban called for Thurston County

Stage 1 Burn Ban called for Thurston County

A Stage One Burn Ban is being called for Thurston County effective 2 p.m. today (Friday, January 13, 2017) and continuing until conditions warrant a change.

Under a Stage 1 Ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, and all outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned. Additionally, no visible smoke is allowed from any woodstove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period.

A system of stable weather conditions over Western Washington, coupled with cold overnight temperatures has resulted in air pollution levels climbing enough to raise concerns about the air quality and its impacts on health. A change in weather will be needed to restore cleaner air quality, yet that’s not forecast to occur until Monday at the earliest.

While pollution levels in Thurston County warrants the Stage One Ban, other counties within the jurisdiction of the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) haven’t reached that level. To avoid bans in their areas, the residents of Mason, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Clallam and Jefferson Counties are asked to voluntarily refrain from all outdoor burning, and to use safe alternatives to wood heat if possible.

Of particular concern are fine particles released by smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces. The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to children, people with heart and lung problems, and adults over age 65.

Olympic Region Clean Air Agency staff will continue to monitor the situation to determine when the burn ban can be lifted. In the meantime, here are some other things people can do to help protect the air we breathe:

  • If you have a certified wood stove or fireplace insert, make sure you are using it properly so you don’t produce excess chimney smoke. Excess smoke is always illegal. To learn more about clean burning techniques or upgrading to a certified, pellet, natural gas or propane stove, visit http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/
  • To determine if your stove is certified, visit www.orcaa.org.
  • Limit your driving as much as possible, since vehicles are a big source of air pollution year round. Check air-quality forecasts and current conditions at www.orcaa.org.

For more information about Burn Ban regulations, you may refer to Chapter 173-433 of the Washington Administrative Code.

Burn Ban Lifted in Thurston County

Effective 12:01 a.m on Oct. 1, 2016, the annual summer-long FIre Safety Burn Ban in Thurston County is lifted.

Outdoor burning is permanently banned — statewide — in all Cities and Urban Growth Areas (UGAs). Residents outside the UGAs in unincorporated Thurston County must get a free burn permit from ORCAA. That permit is available online or by calling 360-539-7610. The online Permit Form is found here:

Thurston County Burn Permit

Burn Ban Lifted in Jefferson County

Effective 10/1/2016, the Burn Ban will be lifted for all of eastern Jefferson County. Land clearing permits will be available at EJFR’s headquarters, located at 24 Seton Rd. at the entrance to the Glen Cove Industrial Park.

No open burning is ever allowed within the city limits of Port Townsend and in the Urban Growth Area (UGA) of Irondale/Port Hadlock.

To see a map of the boundaries of the Irondale/Port Hadlock UGA, click here.

For information on the normal burn regulations in our district, click on the PDF below:

EJFR Burning Guidelines

For additional information regarding burning status in all Washington state counties, please contact Washington Burn Bans.