Burn ban declared in Yakima County

Burn ban declared in Yakima County
YAKIMA REGIONAL CLEAN AIR AGENCY: A Stage 1 Burn Ban has been declared for both the Upper and Lower Yakima County areas. This burn ban has been called due to poor ventilation, dispersion and surface inversion. Projections are that these conditions may last a few days.

• PM2.5 levels are currently Unhealthy for sensitive people (Orange) in the Upper County area.
• PM2.5 levels are currently Unhealthy for sensitive people (Orange) in the Lower County area.
• Ventilation category is poor.
• Dispersion category is poor with surface inversion.
• No Agricultural Burning - allocations are 0 piles per request for both Upper and Lower County Areas while the burn ban is in place
• Air quality can change rapidly; please keep watching and we will update the situation as necessary.

Please Note: 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 (FARR). For up-to-date information there, please call 1-800-424-4EPA (1-800-424-4372) and ask for the FARR Hotline or visit the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) website for the current burn status at www.epa.gov/r10earth/FARR.htm .

Reminder:

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

Thank you for your cooperation.