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Kittitas County Burn Ban Update

Although the DNR fire safety burn ban for DNR protected lands remains in effect, as of October 1, 2018 the Kittitas County has lifted its burn ban for all districts except Fire District 1 (Kittitas County burn ban press release, Oct. 1, 2018). Fire District 1 will remain under burn ban until further notice. Please visit the Kittitas County website for additional details and updates on burn ban information.

If you plan to burn, contact your local fire district prior to burning and remember that conditions are still dry. If your local fire district allows you to burn today, only burn dry, natural vegetation. Burn only what you can safely control and follow all local fire safety restrictions.

For questions on Department of Ecology permits in Kittitas County, please contact the Central Regional Office at 509-575-2490 and ask for the Smoke Team member on duty. To check the Ecology daily burn decision for your county please call the Burn Hotline at 1-800-406-5322 after 9 am of the day you wish to burn.

Klickitat County Burn Bans Extended

In addition to the DNR fire safety burn ban, Klickitat County burn bans have been extended. Please see the Klickitat County Department of Emergency Management website for additional updates and details on burn ban information.

Zone 1 burn ban extended to October 31, 2018.

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Zones 2 and 3 burn ban extended to October 12, 2018.

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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.

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.