Stage 2 Burn Ban Declared for Upper and Lower Yakima Counties
From the YRCAA-
Effective 9:00 a.m. PST today, Tuesday, January 15, 2013:
Yakima County Burn Ban Upgraded to Stage 2 – Upper and Lower Yakima County Areas
- To avoid reaching very unhealthy levels, weather projections require a Stage 2 Burn Ban for both Upper and Lower Yakima County areas.
- PM2.5 levels have remained elevated today and are Unhealthy (Orange) for the Upper and Unhealthy (Orange) for the Lower County areas.
- Projections are that this low-level inversion will persist into Friday, possibly later, allowing PM2.5 levels to continue accumulating in the Yakima County air-shed.
- No Agricultural Burning - allocations are 0 piles per request for both Upper and Lower County Areas while the burn ban is in place
- Burn Ban status will be re-evaluated again tomorrow morning.
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 .
All Outdoor Residential Burning continues to be prohibited until March 15, 2013
During a Stage 2 Burn Ban:
- All Outdoor Burning, including Agricultural burning, is prohibited;
- The use of any fireplace, wood stove or fireplace insert is prohibited unless it is the only adequate means of heating a home;
- No excessive smoke (over 20% opacity) is allowed from any solid-fuel burning device beyond a 20-minute start-up; (note: the most commonly-used “solid fuels” are wood, pellets, manufactured logs, and coal.)
- All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.