Department of Ecology News Release - December 15, 2016

Stage 1 burn ban called for Kittitas County

YAKIMA - A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 4 p.m. today (Dec. 15) in Kittitas County and runs through at least 10 a.m. Monday (Dec. 19) when conditions will be reassessed.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the Stage 1 burn ban because winds are likely to be calm and air quality is expected to be poor during this time.

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 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.

Contact:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, Ecology communications, 509-575-2610, @ecycentral