Department of Ecology News Release - December 29, 2015

Stage 1 burn ban called for Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties

UNION GAP – Stage 1 burn bans in Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties begin at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday, Dec. 29).

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the burn bans because air pollution could reach unhealthy levels with stagnant air conditions forecasted in the region.

The burn bans are expected to continue through 10 a.m. Monday (Jan. 4, 2016) when they could be called off or extended.

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:

Brook Beeler, brook.beeler@ecy.wa.gov 509 329-3478, @ecyspokane

OR

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