No burn bans yet… Weather getting colder, which means inversions hang low trapping air pollution close to the ground. This is the time of year when health based burn bans start to happen- to keep air quality at better levels and below State and Federal ambient air quality requirements.
Check this webpage before lighting a fire in the home, shop, or business or before lighting fires outside. The top post to this webpage is the latest and most accurate post. Older posts generally do not apply.
There are many practices to burning in a woodstove – the following top practices one must follow in Washington State year around:
- Make sure the wood fuel is lower than 20% moisture by weight
- After a 20 minute start up period, you smoke stack or chimney should only have heat waves coming out and very LITTLE smoke.
- Only burn dry, untreated wood, no garbage
- Your smoke should not impact others
During a Stage 1 burn ban- NO use of uncertified wood stoves or fireplaces indoors and NO, outdoor burning, agricultural, and forest burning.
During a Stage 2 burn ban- NO burning indoors or outdoors, only sole source wood heat at this time.
Remember check this webpage before lighting up, inside or outside.
If you have questions, contact Ecology Central Regional Office: 509-575-2490 M-F, 8am to 5PM