Department of Ecology News Release - December 18, 2014

Burn ban extended to Saturday for Okanogan County

OKANOGAN –  Continuing poor weather conditions are preventing smoke from dispersing and has prompted the Department of Ecology to extend a Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County one more day. The burn ban will now expire 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

Weather that will scour out the smoke is expected over the weekend.

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.

Up-to-date burn ban information is available at



Joye Redfield-Wilder,