County burn ban in effect

— A Stage 1- Burn Ban is in effect today as of 1 p.m. Wednesday January 30.

A ban on the use of uncertified wood stoves, inserts and fireplaces begins in all of Yakima County until further notice. Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation.

This temporary restriction is due to the buildup of air pollution and stagnant weather conditions. This burn ban may be upgraded or removed depending on air quality and weather conditions, said Mark Edler of the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency.

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency is issuing this Stage 1 burn ban due to weather conditions that will be contributing to a build-up of air pollutants.

Under a Stage 1 burn ban:

-The use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts and other uncertified solid fuel burning devices is prohibited.

-The use of certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices is allowed.

All outdoor burning is prohibited throughout Yakima County.

All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.

Check the website for the latest information, www.yakimacleanair.org.



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