Department of Ecology News Release - November 17, 2014

Burn ban extended for three and expires for 12 counties in Central and Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology is extending a Stage 1 burn ban in Franklin, Okanogan and Walla Walla counties to 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20. The burn ban will expire for Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 as scheduled.

Continued stagnant air conditions are forecast for Franklin, Okanogan and Walla Walla counties, putting them at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.

Under a Stage 1 ban all outdoor burning and use of uncertified wood stoves, inserts, fireplaces, other wood-burning devices are prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Prohibited outdoor burning includes residential, agricultural and forest burning. Certified wood-burning devices and pellet stoves are allowed.

Visit at www.waburnbans.net for up-to-date burn ban information.

Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction.

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Contact:

Camille St. Onge, camille.st.onge@ecy.wa.gov, 360-584-6501, @EcologyWA