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Burn Ban For Spokane County

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has issued a burn ban for Spokane County. The "Stage 1 Condition Yellow" alert was issued Saturday, December 3rd but continues today. Only EPA certified wood burning devices and pellet stoves are allowed to operate under the current conditions.

According to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, stagnant weather conditions and elevated fine particle pollution are the main factors for issuing the burn ban. The agency expects to see some improvement in conditions during day time hours but expect "very high" levels of particulates to build up over Sunday night and into the week.

Under a Stage 1 burning ban:

  • No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should rely instead on their home's other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home's only adequate source of heat.
  • No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.
  • It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

Department of Health officials say that people who have health problems that can be complicated by air pollution stay indoors as much as possible. Air pollution can be especially bad for people with heart and lung problems, children, and people over 65 years of age.

If you have questions or concerns about the burn ban or about burning conditions, please call the Burning Information line at (509) 477-4710 or visit www.spokanecleanair.org.

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