Stage 2 Burn Ban continues in Yakima County
AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY, BURN BAN likely to continue through weekend in both the upper and lower Yakima County areas.
The National Weather Service issued an Air Stagnation Advisory last Tuesday, January 15th, 2013, which is being extended through this weekend and into next Tuesday, due to a persistent high pressure system affecting central Washington.
Ventilation and dispersion is expected to remain poor as a result, with only brief, temporary periods of relief.
Air pollutants from a variety of sources, but especially from wood smoke resulting from home heating activities, will continue to collect in the Yakima area air with little or no movement causing air quality to continue to worsen.
During the Stage 2 Burn Ban households with alternate sources of heat must discontinue all use of wood or pellet fueled home heating devices until the burn ban is discontinued.
YRCAA will have enforcement personnel on patrols in the field during regular business hours as well as after hours, including weekends and holidays as long as the Burn Ban remains in effect, to ensure maximum compliance.
YRCAA is monitoring air quality conditions regularly and will keep the public advised of any changes to the Burn Ban status.
Please contact YRCAA at 509-834-2050 if you have questions regarding wood burning activity.
**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.