A Stage 1 burn ban in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan counties expires at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov 26, 2018, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.
A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Okanogan County due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will end at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because stagnant conditions are predicted in Okanogan County, putting communities in the area at risk for unhealthy levels of air pollution. Monitoring sites presently show elevated levels of air pollutants. 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. 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 if 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.
As of today, Monday October 8, the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners lifted the county wide fire safety burn ban with Resolution 104-2018. The recent rainfall and increased moisture over the weekend have helped to reduce fire danger levels in the county. Please also check the Okanogan County Commissioner’s page for any further updates on the burn ban status.
Please remember, if you plan to burn always contact your local fire district prior to burning and check the daily burn decision for your area. If the daily burn decision and your local fire district allows for burning, only burn dry, unprocessed natural vegetation. Conditions are still dry in some areas, so be sure to burn only what you can safely control and follow all local fire safety regulations.
For questions on Department of Ecology permits in Okanogan 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.
The Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County has expired, according to the Washington Department of Ecology