Burn ban archives for: Asotin County

DNR Fire Danger Burn Ban (East Cascades) Starting July 2, 2016

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced there will be a burn ban starting July 2 on DNR-protected lands east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains. The ban will be in effect through September 30, 2015 or until fire dangers abate.

Applicable Lands: The eastern Washington burn ban APPLIES to state forests, state parks and forestlands under DNR fire protection.

Non-Applicable Lands: It does NOT include federally owned lands such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.

Follow DNR Burn Ban updates here or at the agency’s website, http://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans.

 

Burn ban extended in seven eastern Washington counties

The Stage 1 burn ban in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties is being extended to 10 a.m. Thursday because stagnant air conditions could cause unhealthy air pollution.

The Washington Department of Ecology has lifted the burn ban in Asotin and Walla Walla counties because air conditions have improved.

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.

Stage 1 burn ban called for Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties

Stage 1 burn bans in Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties begin at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday, Dec. 29).

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the burn bans because air pollution could reach unhealthy levels with stagnant air conditions forecasted in the region.

The burn bans are expected to continue through 10 a.m. Monday (Jan. 4, 2016) when they could be called off or extended.

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.

 

DNR Burn Ban Expires but some hazards remain

As a public safety precaution, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) campgrounds at Leader Lake and Rock Creek will remain closed because of damage caused by the Okanogan Complex fire. The Rock Creek picnic area will also remain closed.

Burned-out stumps, fire-weakened trees and concealed pits are dangers that can put recreationists at risk if they venture into these closed campgrounds or other recently burned areas. Distressed and snagged tree areas are especially prone to falling in high winds. Extensive damage to camp structures will likely keep the Rock Creek campground and picnic area closed through next year’s camping season, according to DNR. Pending restoration, Leader Lake may open in early April of next year.

Even though conditions have improved, eastern Washington still has active wildfires. As a result, additional recreation site closures are in place and may change with little notice. Please check for closures before heading out.

Visitors must check at campground entrances or with campground hosts before starting a campfire. See more at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/news/dnr-campground-closures-and-fire-restrictions-continue-ne-washington#sthash.0ZtyrpOp.dpuf