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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 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.

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.

Stage 1 burn ban called for Okanogan and Kittitas counties

Outdoor and indoor burning limited to improve air quality

UNION GAP – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 14) in Okanogan and Kittitas counties, due to poor air quality. Restrictions on burning will continue through noon on Friday (Feb. 17), when conditions will be reassessed.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because light winds, fog and persistent temperature inversions are likely to cause an accumulation of pollution, 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.

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.

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.

Burn bans end in Stevens and Okanogan

UPDATE – Burning limits end at noon on Jan. 9

SPOKANE – A Stage 1 burn ban has been called for Okanogan County, beginning at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 6, and extended for Stevens County at least until noon, Monday, Jan. 9. Air quality conditions have worsened in these two Northeastern Washington counties, particularly for sensitive groups.

Washington Department of Ecology forecasters will reassess weather conditions Monday to determine if the bans should be called off or extended.

Cold, stagnant air is keeping wood smoke and other pollution close to the ground, which can affect people’s health. Monitoring data shows that air quality is currently unhealthy for sensitive groups, including people with heart or lung disease, children and adults over 65.

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.

“We know it is cold out there and some people burn only wood to stay warm,” said air quality manager Sean Hopkins. “When stoking your fire, burn hot and clean to prevent smoke coming from your chimney. Others should use alternative heat sources to protect you and your neighbors’ health.”

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.