Department of Ecology News Release - December 5, 2014

Burn ban extended to Tuesday for five counties
Stage 1 ban continues in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan

YAKIMA – The Stage 1 burn ban in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan counties has been extended until Tuesday because air quality has not improved much, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Forecasters predict some short-lived improvements in air quality in eastern Washington on Saturday, but stagnant conditions are expected again on Sunday and Monday. Warmer temperatures and occasional precipitation might help somewhat, but not enough.

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 1-866-211-6284 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 1-800-424-4372 for tribal burn ban information or visit the EPA’s Washington Burn Ban page on its website.

To keep tabs on burn bans, go online to www.waburnbans.net

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Contacts:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, joye.redfield-wilder@ecy.wa.gov, 509-575-2610, @ecyCentral