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Burn ban extended for Okanogan County

The Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County is being extended to 8 a.m., Tuesday, (Feb. 21) because air quality conditions will likely be unhealthy for sensitive groups through the weekend, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Light winds and some rain on Monday evening are expected to improve conditions in Okanogan County by Tuesday morning.

A Stage 1 burn ban in Kittitas County expires today (Feb. 17) at noon where air quality is expected to clear up over the weekend.

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

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.

Burn ban expires in Kittitas County at noon Feb. 17

The Stage 1 in Kittitas County will expire as scheduled today  (Feb. 17) at noon because air quality conditions have improved, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Forecasters expect smoke will clear out for the holiday weekend. A burn ban in Okanogan County remains in place through Tuesday.

Expired 1/302017 @ Noon – Stage 1 burn bans Klickitat, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas

The Stage 1 burn ban that started JAN 27 at 4PM has expired- at Noon JAN 30, 2017.

Please make sure you only burn dry wood in your woodstove and give your fire enough air, so you have very little smoke coming from the chimney.

Good burning practices and more information can be found here:

Thank you