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Fire Safety Burn Ban in Douglas County: June 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Fire Safety Burn Ban in Douglas County- June 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, unless otherwise posted.  Outdoor disposal burning is closed.

Recreational Fires (Campfires)

  • On private land – Contact your local fire authority for details.
  • Campgrounds or parks

Contact the specific campground or agency whose facilities you plan to visit. Some links below may help.

Washington State Parks

Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) (State lands)

USDA Forest Service:  Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

. . . Be prepared to have fun without fire and have a safe summer.

Commercial Farmers: If you have a pest and/or disease problem that requires burning, contact your local fire district, then contact Ecology, Central Region, Air Quality Program, for permitting requirements: M-F, 8AM-5PM, (509) 575-2490, ask for the Smoke Team member on duty.

Fire Safety Burn Ban in Chelan County: June 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Fire Safety Burn Ban in Chelan County- June 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, unless otherwise posted.  Outdoor disposal burning is closed.

Recreational Fires (Campfires)

  • On private land – Contact your local fire authority for details.
  • Campgrounds or parks

Contact the specific campground or agency whose facilities you plan to visit. Some links below may help.

Washington State Parks

Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) (State lands)

USDA Forest Service:  Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

. . . Be prepared to have fun without fire and have a safe summer.

Commercial Farmers: If you have a pest and/or disease problem that requires burning, contact your local fire district, then contact Ecology, Central Region, Air Quality Program, for permitting requirements: M-F, 8AM-5PM, (509) 575-2490, ask for the Smoke Team member on duty.

Stage 1 burn ban extended for Okanogan County

Dec. 23, 2016

Wind patterns not enough to flush out pollution over weekend

The Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County is being extended through noon, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, because air quality is not expected to improve much, according to the Washington Department of Ecology. It had been due to expire at 4 p.m. Friday.

“Unfortunately, light winds won’t be enough to flush out pollution in valleys over the holiday weekend,” said Ranil Dhammapala, atmospheric scientist with Ecology. “We will see fluctuating readings between ‘moderate and unhealthy for sensitive groups’ through Tuesday.”

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.

Call 866-211-6284 if you think someone is illegally burning or you are impacted by smoke.

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

Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction. Call 800-424-4372 for tribal burn ban information or visit EPA’s Washington Burn Ban page on their website.

Inversion sets-in, prompts Kittitas County Stage 1 burn ban

Stage 1 burn ban called for Kittitas County

YAKIMA – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 4 p.m. today (Dec. 15) in Kittitas County and runs through at least 10 a.m. Monday (Dec. 19) when conditions will be reassessed.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the Stage 1 burn ban because winds are likely to be calm and air quality is expected to be poor during this time.

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.

Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction. Call 800-424-4372 for tribal burn ban information or visit EPA’s Washington Burn Ban page on their website.

Contact:  Joye Redfield-Wilder, Ecology communications, 509-575-2610, @ecycentral