Burn ban archives for: Kittitas County

For more information on current Burn Bans within this county, contact the Department of Ecology’s Central Regional Office, 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap, WA 98903-0009: (509) 575-2490. https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Contact-us/Regional-contacts#CRO

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.

Kittitas County Fire District #1 to Lift Burn Ban

Kittitas County previously lifted the fire safety burn ban for all districts except Fire District 1. Fire District 1 is for the area of Thorp. However, the district anticipates lifting the fire safety burn ban for Fire District 1 by Saturday, October 6. Please check the Kittitas County website for additional updates and details on the burn ban for your areas.

Fire District 1-Thorp will lift the fire safety burn ban on October 6, 2018.

Please remember, if you plan to burn always contact your local fire district prior to burning and check the daily burn decision for your area. If the daily burn decision and your local fire district allows for burning, only burn dry, unprocessed natural vegetation. Conditions are still dry, so be sure to burn only what you can safely control and follow all local fire safety regulations.

For questions on Department of Ecology permits in Kittitas County, please contact the Central Regional Office at 509-575-2490 and ask for the Smoke Team member on duty. To check the Ecology daily burn decision for your county please call the Burn Hotline at 1-800-406-5322 after 9 am of the day you wish to burn.

Kittitas County Burn Ban Update

Although the DNR fire safety burn ban for DNR protected lands remains in effect, as of October 1, 2018 the Kittitas County has lifted its burn ban for all districts except Fire District 1 (Kittitas County burn ban press release, Oct. 1, 2018). Fire District 1 will remain under burn ban until further notice. Please visit the Kittitas County website for additional details and updates on burn ban information.

If you plan to burn, contact your local fire district prior to burning and remember that conditions are still dry. If your local fire district allows you to burn today, only burn dry, natural vegetation. Burn only what you can safely control and follow all local fire safety restrictions.

For questions on Department of Ecology permits in Kittitas County, please contact the Central Regional Office at 509-575-2490 and ask for the Smoke Team member on duty. To check the Ecology daily burn decision for your county please call the Burn Hotline at 1-800-406-5322 after 9 am of the day you wish to burn.

Due to Moderate Fire Danger, Outdoor Burn Ban continues

Under an Order issued by the Washington Commissioner of Public Lands earlier this summer, all burn restrictions are still in effect statewide on DNR protected lands. This includes outdoor burning, the use of charcoal briquettes, and prescribed burns on all forest lands within the State of Washington under Department of Natural Resources fire protection.

Recreational Fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds are still allowed. Always check with local campground hosts before lighting a campfire. Fireworks and incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are always illegal on all DNR protected lands, which includes unimproved private property.

Check with your local fire district and the county website for any further restrictions. Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning. The outdoor burning ban order included a Sept. 30 end date, but the moderate fire danger has prompted local fire officials with DNR to continue that ban indefinitely.

Contact the Washington DNR for updates on when the DNR BURN BAN will be lifted:

Wildfire Division
360-902-1300
Fax 360-902-1757