Department of Ecology News Release - December 16, 2014

Stage 1 burn ban called for Okanogan County

OKANOGAN - A Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County begins at 4 p.m. today (Dec. 16) and continues through at least 10 a.m. Friday (Dec. 19) when it could be called off or extended.

Air is expected to remain stagnant and could reach unhealthy levels according to Washington Department of Ecology forecasters.

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.

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Contact:

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