Department of Ecology News Release - October 13, 2014

Penalty issued for illegal burning in Dallesport

YAKIMA – A fine of $10,165 has been issued to Dennis and Robert Eiesland, Circle T Ranch Inc., for burning prohibited materials in a large unattended fire at property they own near Dallesport in Klickitat County.

On March 26, 2014, air quality inspectors with the Washington Department of Ecology responded to the fire on Tidyman Road. The fire contained materials that are illegal to burn including tires, plastic, household garbage, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe and demolition debris.

When the property owners arrived, Dennis Eiesland admitted to igniting the fire and also reported he did not have a burn permit from the local fire department. The owners also did not have a way to extinguish the fire as required and refused to put the fire out when asked to do so.

Due to the toxic nature of the materials burning, Ecology contacted the local 911 dispatch and requested the fire be extinguished. Employees in nearby offices were likely affected by smoke where it could be smelled when inspected.

A notice describing the violation was first issued on April 24, 2014, by certified mail.

The Eieslands have 30 days to pay the penalty or file an appeal with the state’s Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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Contact:

Sean Hopkins, Ecology smoke manager, 509-575-2804

Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral