No burn bans yet

No burn bans yet… Weather getting colder, which means inversions hang low trapping air pollution close to the ground. This is the time of year when health based burn bans start to happen- to keep air quality at better levels and below State and Federal ambient air quality requirements.

Check this webpage before lighting a fire in the home, shop, or business or before lighting fires outside. The top post to this webpage is the latest and most accurate post. Older posts generally do not apply.

There are many practices to burning in a woodstove – the following top practices one must follow in Washington State year around:

  • Make sure the wood fuel is lower than 20% moisture by weight
  • After a 20 minute start up period, you smoke stack or chimney should only have heat waves coming out and very LITTLE smoke.
  • Only burn dry, untreated wood, no garbage
  • Your smoke should not impact others

During a Stage 1 burn ban- NO use of uncertified wood stoves or fireplaces indoors and NO, outdoor burning, agricultural, and forest burning.

During a Stage 2 burn ban- NO burning indoors or outdoors, only sole source wood heat at this time.

Remember check this webpage before lighting up, inside or outside.

If you have questions, contact Ecology Central Regional Office: 509-575-2490 M-F, 8am to 5PM

YAKIMA COUNTY – BURN BAN LIFTED

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:        Wednesday November 23, 2016

TIME:        12:00 p.m. PST

TO:             All Interested Parties

FROM:      Mark Edler, PIO, YRCAA

 

SUBJECT:    YAKIMA COUNTY – BURN BAN LIFTED

Due to improving Air Quality the Burn Ban has been lifted by the YRCAA Air Pollution Control Officer for both the Upper and Lower Yakima County areas effective Wednesday November 23, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. until further notice.

·       Air quality can change rapidly; please keep watching and we will update the situation as necessary.

 

Please Note:  Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation. 

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

Mark Edler

Executive Division Supervisor

Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency

329 N 1st Street Yakima WA. 98901

mark@yrcaa.org

509-834-2050 ext. 110

YAKIMA COUNTY – BURN BAN UPGRADED TO STAGE 2

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:       Tuesday November 22, 2016

TIME:       10:00 a.m. PST

TO:            All Interested Parties

FROM:     Mark Edler, PIO, YRCAA

 

SUBJECT:    YAKIMA COUNTY – BURN BAN UPGRADED TO STAGE 2

A Stage2 Burn Ban has been declared by the YRCAA Air Pollution Control Officer for both the Upper and Lower Yakima County areas effective Tuesday November 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.  This burn ban has been called due to inversion, poor dispersion and ventilation.

·       PM2.5 levels are elevated in the upper county area.

·       PM2.5 levels are elevated in the lower county area.

·       Ventilation category will be poor.

·       Dispersion category will be poor.

·       Air quality can change rapidly; please keep watching and we will update the situation as necessary.

 

Please Note:  Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation. 

 

Reminder:

 

  During a Stage 2 Burn Ban:

1.    All Outdoor Burning, including Agricultural burning, is prohibited;

2.    The use of any fireplace, wood stove or fireplace insert is prohibited, unless it is the only source of heat; and

3.    All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.

 

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Mark Edler

Executive Division Supervisor

Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency

329 N 1st Street Yakima WA. 98901

mark@yrcaa.org

509-834-2050 ext. 110

YAKIMA COUNTY – A STAGE 1 BURN BAN DECLARED

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:        Monday November 21, 2016

TIME:        10:30 a.m. PST

TO:             All Interested Parties

FROM:       Mark Edler, PIO, YRCAA

 

SUBJECT:    YAKIMA COUNTY –  A STAGE 1 BURN BAN DECLARED

A Stage 1 Burn Ban has been declared by the YRCAA Air Pollution Control Officer for both the Upper and Lower Yakima County areas effective Monday November 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. until further notice.  This burn ban has been called due to inversion, minimal dispersion and expected poor ventilation.

·       PM2.5 levels are Likely to elevate in the upper county area.

·       PM2.5 levels are Likely to elevate in the lower county area.

·       Ventilation category will be poor.

·       Dispersion category will be poor.

·       Air quality can change rapidly; please keep watching and we will update the situation as necessary.

 

Please Note:  Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation. 

 

Reminder:

 

  During a Stage 1 Burn Ban:

1.    All Outdoor Burning, including Agricultural burning, is prohibited;

2.    The use of any fireplace, wood stove or fireplace insert is prohibited, unless it is a certified heating device or the only source of heat; and

3.    All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.

 

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Mark Edler

Executive Division Supervisor

Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency

329 N 1st Street Yakima WA. 98901

mark@yrcaa.org

509-834-2050 ext. 110