Department of Ecology News Release - May 1, 2015

Fine issued for illegal fire near Palisades school

YAKIMA – A Douglas County resident has been fined for burning prohibited materials from a residential roof replacement and remodel project, causing hazardous smoke to impact a nearby elementary school in Palisades.

The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a penalty of $14,650.95 to Jon Penfold for lighting the illegal fire on Dec. 11, 2014, and then leaving it unattended on property he owns in the small central Douglas County community. The fire contained prohibited materials like asphalt roofing shingles, plastic molded siding and other demolition debris.

Ecology air quality inspectors already in the area were called to the fire by local fire district responders. Inspectors reported that the smoke drifted about 100 yards to the school property where children were covering their faces with their shirts and complaining of the smoke.

Penfold has 30 days to pay the penalty or to file an appeal with the state’s Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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Contacts:

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