Burn ban archives for: Stevens County

Stage 1 Burn ban expired at NOON in Kittitas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties

Stage 1 Burn bans expired NOON today, JAN 17, 2017, for Kittitas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties.

Forecast includes warmer air and stronger winds as a warm front crosses the inland Northwest this midweek. The combined wind and warmer temperatures should provide for better air quality.

For more information about burn bans and best practices for home heating with wood, please visit: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/outdoor_woodsmoke/Burn_Ban.htm

Burn bans start in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties

UNION GAP – Worsening air quality conditions in North Central Washington are prompting Stage 1 burn bans to be added for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, and an existing ban to extend in Kittitas County over the weekend and through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The new burn bans will start at 10 a.m. Friday and all will continue through noon on Tuesday, when conditions will be re-evaluated, according to the Washington Department of Ecology. Light winds and strong inversions in the region mean air pollution may reach unhealthy levels.

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 if 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.

Burn bans end in Stevens and Okanogan

UPDATE – Burning limits end at noon on Jan. 9

SPOKANE – A Stage 1 burn ban has been called for Okanogan County, beginning at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 6, and extended for Stevens County at least until noon, Monday, Jan. 9. Air quality conditions have worsened in these two Northeastern Washington counties, particularly for sensitive groups.

Washington Department of Ecology forecasters will reassess weather conditions Monday to determine if the bans should be called off or extended.

Cold, stagnant air is keeping wood smoke and other pollution close to the ground, which can affect people’s health. Monitoring data shows that air quality is currently unhealthy for sensitive groups, including people with heart or lung disease, children and adults over 65.

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.

“We know it is cold out there and some people burn only wood to stay warm,” said air quality manager Sean Hopkins. “When stoking your fire, burn hot and clean to prevent smoke coming from your chimney. Others should use alternative heat sources to protect you and your neighbors’ health.”

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.

Burning restrictions required in Stevens County

Stage 1 burn ban called to help improve air quality

COLVILLE – A Stage 1 burn ban in Stevens County begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, and continues through noon Friday, Jan. 6, when it could either be called off or extended depending on how weather conditions affects air quality.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because air quality has remained poor over the past few days. Colville-area air quality isn’t expected to improve over the coming days even though moderate to strong winds have been blowing through much of Eastern Washington.
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.