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Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency

Burn Ban removed for Yakima County 8/27/2018

For immediate release;

Monday August 27, 2018

Stage I Burn Ban Removed

Effective Today at 1:00 PM

Due to improved air quality conditions, the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (YRCAA) has removed the current Stage I Burn Ban in all of Yakima County*.

* Please Note:  Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Edler

Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency

509-834-2050 ext. 110

mark@yrcaa.org

Effective Aug. 2, DNR Bans Outdoor Burning Statewide

Some campfires still allowed, check local restrictions before lighting any fire

OLYMPIA –Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a high risk of wildfires. In response, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is instituting a statewide ban on outdoor burning on the 13 million acres of forests and state parks under DNR fire protection.

Per the Commissioner’s Order, the ban begins Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Included in the outdoor burning ban are burn piles, prescribed burns, and the use of charcoal briquettes.

“When the risk of wildfire is this high – and when so many of our firefighting resources are already committed – we must take significant steps to protect our communities and firefighters,” said Commissioner Hilary Franz. “I know this is an inconvenience, and I appreciate the public understanding that this is not a safe time for intentional burning within our forests.”

The burn ban does not include federally managed lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, or other areas administered by federal agencies.

Campfires are still allowed in approved fire pits within some designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.

To avoid accidental wildfires, the public can practice these prevention tips:

Camping and recreating

  • Only build campfires where authorized and when not under a burn ban; put them completely out before leaving camp, even for a few minutes; use plenty of water and stir until the coals are cold to the touch. Check locally before lighting a campfire as conditions may change and counties and local fire districts may have additional or new burn restrictions.
  • Dispose of lit smoking materials appropriately.
  • Fireworks, incendiary ammunition and exploding targets start fires and are illegal to use or discharge on public lands, including all state forests.

 Vehicles and Towing

  • Be sure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle or trailer. They can throw sparks and start fires.
  • Make sure all off-road vehicles have a properly functioning and approved spark arrester.
  • Be careful driving through or parking on dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes can start the grass on fire. You may not even notice the fire until it’s too late.
  • Check tire pressure and condition. Driving on an exposed wheel rim can cause sparks.
  • Have brakes serviced regularly to prevent brake pads wearing too thin; metal on metal can spark or drop pieces of hot brake pad.

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning.

The outdoor burning ban is expected to last through Sept. 30, 2018, though may be extended or shortened based upon ongoing fire conditions.

Stay connected during wildfire season

Anyone who spots a wildfire should call 911 as soon as possible to report it.

DNR’s wildfire mission

Led by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned land. DNR is the state’s largest wildfire fighting force.

Yakima County, Burn Ban Removed

Wednesday January 10, 2018
Burn Restriction Removed
No Burn Ban
Effective Today at 2:30 PM

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has removed the current burn ban due to improved weather conditions in all of Yakima County*.

* Please Note: Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Edler
Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency
509-834-2050 ext. 110
mark@yrcaa.org

Yakima County, Burn Ban Upgraded to Stage 2

Friday January 5, 2018
Burn Restriction Issued
Burn Ban Upgraded to Stage 2
Effective Today at 12:00 PM

A ban on the use of any wood burning stove, fireplace, fireplace insert or pellet stove is prohibited unless it is the only adequate means of heating a home. All outdoor burning is also prohibited. The restriction begins at 12:00 pm today January 5, 2017, in all of Yakima County* until further notice.

Yakima Regional Clean Air is issuing the Stage 2 burn ban due to forecasted weather conditions that will be contributing to a build-up of air pollutants. YRCAA urges everyone not to burn unless it is the only adequate heat source of heat.

Under a Stage 2 burn ban:

• The use of any wood burning stove, fireplace, fireplace inserts, pellet stove and other solid fuel burning devices is prohibited. Unless the devise is the only source of adequate heat within the home or business.
• All outdoor burning is prohibited throughout Yakima County*.
• All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.

This burn ban may be downgraded or removed depending on air quality and weather conditions. Please check our website for the latest information, www.yakimacleanair.org

* Please Note: Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Edler
Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency
509-834-2050 ext. 110
mark@yrcaa.org