Stage 1 burn ban to begin Sunday (Nov. 18) in Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 in Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because stagnant conditions are predicted over these counties for several days, putting the communities at risk for unhealthy levels of air pollution. Monitoring sites are showing elevated levels of air pollutants. Inhaling fine particles from wood smoke can cause heart and breathing problems.
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. Cleaner burning 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.

Stage 1 burn ban starts Saturday (Nov. 17) in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan counties

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10 a.m. Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because stagnant conditions are predicted to return in these counties after a brief break, putting the communities at risk for unhealthy levels of air pollution. In the first half of this week monitors showed elevated levels of air pollutants. Fine particles from wood smoke can easily get into people’s lungs causing heart and breathing problems.

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 are prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Cleaner burning 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.

Nov. 15: Air Quality Burn Ban, Stage 1, Called in Clark County

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Southwest Clean Air Agency have issued air quality advisories for much of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Smoke from local wood stoves and other sources have combined to create unhealthy air quality in many parts of the region.

The National Weather Service expects winds to clear smoke from the Willamette Valley starting Friday evening. South of Eugene and other parts of the state may continue to experience stagnant air conditions and poor air quality through the weekend.

Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly, depending on fire activity and weather factors including wind direction.

View current air quality conditions at DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map or by downloading the Oregon air app on smartphones.

Many local jurisdictions are under wood burning restrictions, limiting the use of wood stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor firepits. There are often exceptions for those who use wood exclusively to heat their homes and those with limited income. Check with your local health or air agency for current restrictions. Areas under active wood stove restrictions include:

The Oregon Health Authority urges residents of affected communities to take steps to avoid health problems during smoky conditions, including:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities when air quality is unhealthy.
  • Those with heart or lung problems, as well as young children, are especially vulnerable. These people should stay indoors while smoke levels are high.
  • True high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) and non-ozone producing electrostatic precipitator (ESP) air cleaners and filters can help keep indoor air cleaner.
  • Reduce other sources of indoor smoke. Avoid burning cigarettes and candles; using gas, propane, wood-burning stoves and furnaces; cooking; and vacuuming.
  • If you have heart disease or lung disease, such as asthma, follow your healthcare provider’s advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms.