State extends Kittitas County burn ban

State extends Kittitas County burn ban »Play Video
STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY NEWS RELEASE -- The state Department of Ecology has extended a Stage 1 burn ban in nine eastern Washington counties.

The ban affects Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties. It will continue at least until 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30.

Smoke dispersion is expected to remain poor through the weekend, though temporary clearing is possible in some areas.

The ban includes all outdoor burning.

A Stage 1 ban applies to uncertified wood-burning devices – including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts –unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Certified wood-burning devices and pellet stoves are allowed.