Certified stoves and sole source of heat stoves are still legal to use…
A ban on outdoor burning has been put into place as a stagnant weather pattern will linger into the middle of next week in Northern Washington. Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Okanogan, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens County is predicted to have poor air quality during that stretch.
Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Wood stoves should be certified in order to burn, unless the stove is the home’s only adequate source of heat.
The cause of the stagnant air is a strong high pressure and it associating with low mixing heights and a transport wind that will allow for accumulation of pollutants through the weekend and into the middle of next week over many lower elevation locations of Eastern Washington.
The air stagnation warning will be in effect until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Accumulation of pollutants may cause health issues with sensitive respiratory conditions.
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.