Burn ban archives for: Douglas County

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

Stage 1 burn ban called for Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties
Stagnant air conditions forecast in the region

UNION GAP – A Stage 1 burn ban in Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties begins at 4 p.m., Friday Nov. 27, and is scheduled to end at 10 a.m., Tuesday Dec. 1.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the burn ban because cool, stagnant air conditions are forecast in the region, putting the counties at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.

Ecology may extend the burn ban if weather conditions and air pollution do not improve.

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.


Camille St. Onge, 360-584-6501, @EcologyWA



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

DNR Fire Danger Burn Ban (East Cascades) Starting June 17, 2015

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced there will be a burn ban starting June 17 on DNR-protected lands east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains.

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.

Read the DNR media release at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2015_06_16_burnban_nr.aspx

Fire Safety Burn Ban in Douglas County: June 1 – September 30, 2015

Fire Safety Burn Ban in Douglas County- June 1, 2015 and continues through September 30, 2015, unless otherwise posted.

If you have a pest and/or disease problem that requires burning, first contact your local fire district and receive permission to burn. Then contact Ecology, Central Region, Air Quality Program, for permitting requirements and permission to burn: M-F, 8AM-5PM @ (509) 575-2490, ask for the Smoke Team member on duty.

Recreational fires on private land, please contact the fire authority for that area, typically the local fire district.

Always check for recreational fire restrictions from campground, forest, or park. Burning in restricted areas can result in hefty fines. See links below:

Washington State Parks

Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lands

USDA Forest Service (NF):  Okanogan-Wenatchee NF

     Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Be prepared to have fun without fire and have safe summer.