Chelan-Douglas county Stage 1 burn bans to expire at noon today (Jan. 23) as scheduled.
DATE: Monday January 23, 2017
TIME: 10:00 a.m. PST
TO: All Interested Parties
FROM: Mark Edler, PIO, YRCAA
SUBJECT: YAKIMA COUNTY – BURN BAN Downgraded to Stage 1
Due to improving Air Quality the Stage 2 Burn Ban has been Downgraded to Stage 1 by the YRCAA Air Pollution Control Officer for both the Upper and Lower Yakima County areas effective Monday January 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.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.
During a Stage 1 Burn Ban:
- All Outdoor Burning, including Agricultural burning, is prohibited;
- 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
- All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.Thank you for your cooperation.
Executive Division Supervisor
Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency
329 N 1st Street Yakima WA. 98901
509-834-2050 ext. 110
Continuing Stagnant Air Conditions Continue to Elevate Air Pollution, Yakama Nation Burn Ban Extended Until Further Notice
Beginning January 20, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is extending a ban on all outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation due to stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution. This burn ban is extended until further notice.
The burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning—including camping and recreational fires—in all areas within external reservation boundaries regardless of ownership or tribal membership. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the burn ban. For areas outside reservation boundaries, please contact your local clean air agency, fire department, or the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Washington Department of Ecology – NEWS
Jan. 20, 2017
Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509 575-2610, @ecycentral
Outdoor and indoor burning limited to improve air quality
UNION GAP — A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 4 p.m. today (Friday) in Chelan and Douglas counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue through noon Monday (Jan. 23), when conditions will be reassessed.
Air quality is expected to worsen as winds die down over the weekend, causing smoke to accumulate in valleys, according to atmospheric scientists with the Washington Department of Ecology. Such conditions put the counties at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels. 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.