Burn ban archives for: Pend Oreille

Fire danger and fire precaution level increases in northeast Washington

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.
Effective Wednesday, July 11, 2018:
  • Fire danger will increase from low to moderate in Pend Oreille and Ferry counties and Stevens County outside fire districts 1 and 2.
  • Fire danger will increase from moderate to high in Lincoln and Spokane counties and Stevens County inside fire districts 1 and 2.
  • Fire danger remains high in Okanogan County.
Effective Wednesday, July 11, 2018:
  • IFPL will increase to a Level 2 in zone 684.
  • IFPL will remain a Level 1 in zones 678W, 678E, 685, 686 and 687 and 688.
Daily updates on burn restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels map www.dnr.wa.gov/IFPL.
The IFPL system
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels apply to all industrial operations that might cause a fire on or adjacent to lands protected from fire by DNR (WAC 332-24-301); this applies to logging, road construction and other industrial operations.
The levels are established for each of the 38 “shutdown zones” in the state on the basis of National Fire Danger Rating System data.
There are four IFPL levels:
  • Level 1(closed season):  fire equipment and a fire watch are required
  • Level 2 (partial hoot owl):  limits certain activities to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a fire watch are required
  • Level 3 (partial shutdown):  prohibits some activities and limits others to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a fire watch are required
  • Level 4 (general shutdown):  prohibits all activities

DNR leadership and wildfire mission

The Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and DNR are responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest wildland fire department, with more than 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes more than 800 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 550 seasonal employees hired for firefighting duties.
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Stage 1 burn ban lifted Asotin, Ferry, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties

UNION GAP – The New Year has rolled in with more fog and winds than predicted, allowing the Washington Department of Ecology to lift a Stage 1 burn ban in Asotin, Ferry, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties today, Jan. 2, 2018.

Over the weekend, the levels of particulate matter in the air were mixing better than had been forecast, which improved air quality. The burn ban originally began on New Year’s day.

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.

Burn ban continues in Methow Valley, expires elsewhere

The Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County will continue through 9 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19, for the communities of Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama.

The Washington Department of Ecology is extending the ban because air quality is not expected to improve in the valley over the weekend, putting the communities at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels. Fine particles from wood smoke can easily get into people’s lungs causing heart and breathing problems.

The ban in Asotin, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Klickitat, Pend Oreille, Stevens and other parts of Okanogan expires at 10 a.m., Dec. 15.

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 are prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Cleaner burning 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.

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.

Asotin and Klickitat counties added to Stage 1 burn ban in Eastern Washington

SPOKANE – Stagnant weather conditions continue to expand and persist in Central and Eastern Washington, prompting the Washington Department of Ecology to include two more counties in the Stage 1 burn ban.

Starting at 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, the burn ban will be expanded to include Asotin and Klickitat counties. The burn ban will continue in Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, and Okanogan counties until further notice.

A persistence of strong, high-pressure weather is keeping air conditions stagnant, putting communities at risk for unhealthy levels of air pollution. Fine particles from wood smoke can easily get into people’s lungs causing heart and breathing problems.

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 webpage.