Stage 1 Burn Ban for Upper and Lower Yakima County Areas
December 10, 2012 -
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency is declaring a Stage 1 Burn Ban for both the Upper and Lower Yakima County areas.
The agency says the burn ban was brought on by poor ventilation, dispersion and a low level inversion for the Yakima Valley.
YRCAA says PM2.5 levels are currently at the unhealthy levels (orange) for the Upper Valley, and at moderate levels (yellow) for the Lower County areas.
During a Stage 1 Burn Ban:
1. All Outdoor Burning, including Agricultural burning, is prohibited;
2. The use of any fireplace, uncertified wood stove or uncertified fireplace insert is prohibited unless it is the only adequate means of heating a home;
3. Certified wood stove, certified fireplace insert or pellet stove/insert use is allowed;
4. No excessive smoke (over 20% opacity) is allowed from any wood burning device beyond a 20-minute start-up;
5. All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.
Stove, certified fireplace insert or pellet stove/insert use is allowed.
Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation. The Yakama Nation is addressing air quality issues in conjunction with the EPA, under the Federal Air Rules for Reservations.