Burn ban declared in Yakima County

Burn ban declared in Yakima County

YAKIMA REGIONAL CLEAN AIR AGENCY NEWS RELEASE -- A Stage 1 Burn Ban has been declared by the YRCAA Air Pollution Control Officer for both the Upper and Lower Yakima County areas until further notice.  This burn ban has been called due to poor air quality conditions combined with poor ventilation and dispersion. This Burn Ban is in addition to the Fire Safety Burn Ban declared by the Governor’s Office.

· PM2.5 levels are currently Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange) in the Upper County area.
· PM2.5 levels are currently Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange) Lower County area.
· Ventilation category is poor.
· Dispersion category is poor.
· 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.