Burn ban archives for: Yakama County

USFS Campfire Restrictions Expanded and Woodcutting Suspended

Shared from USFS – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Due to worsening fire conditions and continued hot and dry weather, expanded campfire restrictions will go into effect on August 4, 2017

Under the expanded campfire restrictions, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, and use of charcoal briquette barbecues, Tiki torches, and other devices that use solid fuel is prohibited across most of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Campfires will continue to be allowed on the Naches Ranger District but only in designated hosted campgrounds, and in the Goat Rocks, Norse Peak and William O. Douglas Wilderness areas due to the difference in geography and weather patterns in these wilderness areas.

“Fire danger continues to increase, and with the very hot and dry conditions expected to persist, we are following our restriction plan and implementing campfire closures,” said Deputy Fire Staff Officer for Operations Matt Castle.

“Our high elevation forest areas are rapidly drying and all fuels are now readily available to burn, as seen in recent fires. Fortunately, so far this year, lightning has been minimal so we have not had many fires, yet. These restrictions will minimize the chance of new fire starts, be in line with our partner jurisdictions, and keep the public safe,” Castle said.

The use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is an acceptable alternative in areas where campfires are prohibited. A list of approved and non-approved fire options is posted on the forest website at https://go.usa.gov/xRPHa .

In addition to the expanded campfire restrictions, starting August 6, firewood cutting is being temporarily suspended in Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) zones 675, 678W and 684. Under these heightened restrictions, called Level III Partial Shutdown, all woodcutting is prohibited. Industrial Fire Precaution Level III does not allow any firewood cutting with a power saw for commercial or personal use. For commercial timber operators, operating at landings, chainsaw use is allowed only from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Industrial Fire Precaution Level III will remain in effect until fire danger eases.

Woodcutting restrictions will also change to Level II in zone 680 on August 6. Level II IFPL means that firewood cutters and industrial operators in the Forest are restricted to morning hours of operation only, and must shut down chainsaws and other equipment by 1 p.m. Following equipment shut down, a one-hour fire watch must be maintained.

For current Industrial Fire Precaution Level information and a map of the zones, go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ifpl .

What to do if you smell smoke or see a fire:

  • If a fire is burning or there is smoke present, call 9-1-1 or 1-800-826-3383 for the Central Washington Interagency Communication Center
  • Report the exact location of the fire and, if known, what is burning

For additional information visit the forest web page at www.fs.usda.gov/okawenor call the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Headquarters office at 509-664-9200. Please observe all campfire restrictions and remember that fireworks and exploding targets are never allowed on National Forests.


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Fire danger rating increases in eastern Washington

Fire danger rating increases in eastern Washington

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in the fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands.

Effective 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, July 5, 2017:

Fire danger will increase from moderate to high Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Grant, Yakima, Klickitat, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Asotin, Whitman and Adams counties. Industrial Fire Precaution Levels move to a Level 2 in Zone 675. Campfires allowed in Approved Designated Campgrounds ONLY.

Effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 7, 2017:

Fire danger will increase from moderate to high in Stevens inside Fire Districts 1 & 2, Spokane, Okanogan, and Lincoln counties. Industrial Fire Precaution Levels move to a Level 2 in Zone 684. Campfires allowed in Approved Designated Campgrounds ONLY.

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/.

DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department and participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.

Yakima County Burn Ban Removed

For immediate release;

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Burn Restriction Removed

No Burn Ban

Effective Today at 8:00 AM

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has removed the current burn ban due to improved weather conditions in all of Yakima County*.

* 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

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