Yakima County Burn Ban Downgraded to Stage 1

For immediate release;

Friday February 17, 2017

Burn Restriction Issued

Burn Ban Downgraded to Stage 1

Effective Today at 3:00 PM

A ban on the use of uncertified wood stoves, inserts and fireplaces begins at 3:00 pm today February 17, 2017, in all of Yakima County* until further notice.

 

Under a Stage 1 burn ban:

 

The use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts and other uncertified solid fuel burning devices is prohibited.

The use of certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices is allowed.

All outdoor burning is prohibited throughout Yakima County*.

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

This temporary restriction is due to the buildup of air pollution and stagnant weather conditions. This burn ban may be upgraded or removed depending on air quality and weather conditions; please check our website for the latest information, www.yakimacleanair.org

 

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

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Edler

Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency

509-834-2050 ext. 110

mark@yrcaa.org

Burn ban extended for Okanogan County

The Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County is being extended to 8 a.m., Tuesday, (Feb. 21) because air quality conditions will likely be unhealthy for sensitive groups through the weekend, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Light winds and some rain on Monday evening are expected to improve conditions in Okanogan County by Tuesday morning.

A Stage 1 burn ban in Kittitas County expires today (Feb. 17) at noon where air quality is expected to clear up over the weekend.

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.

Burn ban expires in Kittitas County at noon Feb. 17

The Stage 1 in Kittitas County will expire as scheduled today  (Feb. 17) at noon because air quality conditions have improved, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Forecasters expect smoke will clear out for the holiday weekend. A burn ban in Okanogan County remains in place through Tuesday.

Yakima County Burn Ban Upgraded to Stage 2

For immediate release;

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Burn Restriction Issued

Burn Ban Upgraded to Stage 2

Effective Today at 12:00 PM

A ban on the use of any wood burning stove, fireplace, fireplace insert or pellet stove is prohibited unless it is the only adequate means of heating a home. All outdoor burning is also prohibited. The restriction begins at 12:00 pm today February 15, 2017, in all of Yakima County* until further notice.

Yakima Regional Clean Air is issuing the Stage 2 burn ban due to weather conditions that are contributing to a build-up of air pollutants.

Monitors are indicating unhealthy air quality conditions YRCAA urges everyone not to burn unless it is the only adequate heat source of heat.

Under a Stage 2 burn ban:

  • The use of any wood burning stove, fireplace, fireplace inserts, pellet stove and other solid fuel burning devices is prohibited. Unless the devise is the only source of adequate heat within the home or business.
  • All outdoor burning is prohibited throughout Yakima County*.
  • All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.This burn ban may be downgraded or removed depending on air quality and weather conditions. Please check our website for the latest information, www.yakimacleanair.org
  • * Please Note:  Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Edler

Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency

509-834-2050 ext. 110

mark@yrcaa.org