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Stage II Burn Ban Lifted for Clark County

Clark County Stage 2 Burn Ban Lifting

VANCOUVER, WA. – Due to improved air quality and a forecast calling for increasing east winds through the gorge, the Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is removing the Burn Ban currently in place for Clark County. Residents may once again use their wood stoves and fireplaces, but are asked to burn as cleanly as possible. Weather forecasters expect the inversions to lift on Friday and east winds from the gorge to increase improving ventilation in the metro area. SWCAA sincerely thanks all who observed the burn ban.

For those who heat with wood, please remember that it is always illegal to produce excess chimney smoke and to smoke out your neighbor. We ask that if people must burn, that they use only dry, seasoned firewood and follow clean burning practices. You are burning properly when you do not see any smoke coming from your chimney. For more information about cleaner wood burning techniques, or to subscribe for email notification of burn bans and advisories please visit www.swcleanair.org/burnclean.html.

In areas of Clark County where burning has not been permanently banned, outdoor burning will again be allowed with the proper permits. However, burning at any time adds to the air pollution levels in your local community, and residents are encouraged to seek alternatives to burning throughout the year. When outdoor burning does take place please note that only natural vegetation may be burned and a smoke nuisance may not be caused. Burn permits require residents to call the burn line prior to burning to ensure that a burn ban is not in effect. State law prohibits the burning of garbage, plastics, home-repair debris, and other prohibited materials at any time. Burn barrels of any kind are also prohibited by state law.

 

Stage II Burn Ban in Clark County

January 25, 2017

Calm winds and Cold Nights Lead to a Stage 2 Burn Ban for Clark County The use of all fireplaces, inserts, wood stoves and pellet stoves is prohibited until air quality improves. Households without an alternative source of heat are exempt.

Due to cold nights, poor ventilation and increasing 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. Cold nights followed by limited daytime ventilation and dispersion have caused fine particle air pollution levels to persistently rise toward the federal health-based standard. These conditions are forecast to continue through Saturday and possibly beyond. The use of all fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, and pellet stoves is prohibited until further notice. 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.

This county wide Stage 2 Burn Ban will remain in effect until monitors and weather forecasts indicate improved ventilation and clearing. To sign up to receive e-mail notifications of these burn bans or for clean burning techniques, visit www.swcleanair.org.

Clark County Stage 2 Burn Ban Continues Until Sunday at 10:00 AM

Clark County Stage 2 Burn Ban Remains in Effect Until 10:00 a.m. Sunday

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The current weather pattern is expected to continue through Saturday and into Sunday morning when weather conditions are forecast to return to more favorable conditions leading to improved air quality conditions. The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is retaining the Stage 2 Burn Ban currently in place for Clark County until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016.  The restrictions on using wood stoves and fireplaces in Clark County will be lifted at that time.  After 10:00 a.m. on Sunday residents may once again use their wood stoves and fireplaces, but are asked to burn as cleanly as possible.  The forecast for the weekend is for short periods of rain and intermittent clearing but cold and stagnant evenings which will continue to produce poor air quality overnight.  SWCAA will continue to monitor the weather and air quality and communicate any changes.

After 10:00 a.m. Sunday, for those who heat with wood, please remember that it is always illegal to produce excess chimney smoke and to smoke out your neighbor. You are burning properly when you do not see any smoke coming from your chimney.  For more information about cleaner wood burning techniques, please visit www.swcleanair.org/burnclean.html.

Sunday morning after 10:00 a.m., in areas of Clark County where burning has not been permanently banned, outdoor burning will again be allowed with the proper permits. However, burning at any time adds to the air pollution levels in your local community, and residents are encouraged to seek alternatives to burning throughout the year.  When outdoor burning does take place please note that only natural vegetation may be burned and a smoke nuisance may

 

Southwest Clean Air Agency Stage 2 Burn Ban for Clark County

Due to cold weather, poor ventilation and increasing 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.  Cold nights and a drop off in east winds followed by limited daytime ventilation and dispersion have caused fine particle air pollution levels to rise toward the federal health-based standard.  These conditions are forecast to continue through Friday and possibly beyond.  The use of all fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, and pellet stoves is prohibited until further notice.  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.