Burn ban archives for: Kittitas County

Fire Safety Burn Ban Kittitas County, 7/5/2016

Fire Safety Burn Ban: Kittitas County- July 5, 2016 and continues through September 30, 2016, unless otherwise posted.

The burn ban covers all unincorporated areas of Kittitas County, and covers all burning, including recreational fires and charcoal briquette barbecues, according to a news release from the Kittitas County Fire Marshal’s office.

Recreational fires on private land- please contact the local fire authority for details… Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue will allow small 2-by-2-foot recreational fires in approved pits with fire chief approval and Fire District 4 in Vantage will allow small 2-by-x3 foot campfires within campgrounds.

Always check for recreational fire restrictions from campground, forest, or park before burning. See links below…Be prepared to have fun without fire and have a safe summer.

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

Washington State Parks     Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) (State lands)

USDA Forest Service:  Okanogan-Wenatchee NF                Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

DNR Fire Danger Burn Ban (East Cascades) Starting July 2, 2016

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced there will be a burn ban starting July 2 on DNR-protected lands east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains. The ban will be in effect through September 30, 2015 or until fire dangers abate.

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.

Follow DNR Burn Ban updates here or at the agency’s website, http://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans.


Air quality worsens, prompts Kittitas Co. Stage 2 burn ban

Stage 1 burn ban extended through Sunday in Okanogan County

 UNION GAP – Worsening air quality in Ellensburg has prompted the Washington Department of Ecology to upgrade to a Stage 2 burn ban in Kittitas County. A Stage 1 burn ban will continue in Okanogan County where air quality improvement has been marginal.

Both bans will be in place at least through 10 a.m. Sunday.

“While winds might increase some on Saturday, the overall outlook is stagnant,” said atmospheric scientist Ranil Dhammapala. “We will revisit the forecast on Saturday evening.”

A Stage 2 ban applies to use of all certified and uncertified wood stoves, inserts, fireplaces, pellet stoves and other wood-burning devices are unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Stage 2 bans also prohibit all outdoor burning.

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