Department of Ecology News Release - November 23, 2015

Stage 1 burn ban called for Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties
Stagnant air conditions forecast in the region

UNION GAP – A Stage 1 burn ban in Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties begins at 4 p.m., Friday Nov. 27, and is scheduled to end at 10 a.m., Tuesday Dec. 1.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the burn ban because cool, stagnant air conditions are forecast in the region, putting the counties at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.

Ecology may extend the burn ban if weather conditions and air pollution do not improve.

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.

Contacts:

Camille St. Onge, 360-584-6501, @EcologyWA