Wood Burn Ban In Effect: Violation Could Cost You $200 Per Day - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wood Burn Ban In Effect: Violation Could Cost You $200 Per Day

Right now, an air stagnation problem has forced the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency to ban all wood burning – indoor and out, including that crackling fireplace at home. Right now, an air stagnation problem has forced the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency to ban all wood burning – indoor and out, including that crackling fireplace at home.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Mother Nature isn't helping. Right now, an air stagnation problem has forced the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency to ban all wood burning – indoor and out, including that crackling fireplace at home.

The problem is that pollution is being trapped in the inversion layer, potentially causing problems for people with asthma or heart or lung disease.

"If you heat with wood, shut it off and use your back up heat source. That's the big message," Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency's Lisa Woodward told KHQ Monday.

Over the weekend, about 30 complaints were registered with the agency – both from neighbors and SRCAA staff. Monday morning, SRCAA's air quality inspectors were out in full force following up on those complaints, knocking on doors and telling families about the ban. First-time offenders get a written or verbal warning but people who continually ignore the ban could face a fine of $200 per day.

Woodard said census data shows 15-20% of the population in the Spokane area uses wood for heat. If it is your only heat source, you can call the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency at (509) 477-4727 to ask for an exemption.

The ban will be in effect until weather conditions change significantly. Check for updates on current burning conditions here: https://www.spokanecleanair.org/current-burning-conditions

To sign up for email alerts so you'll always know when a burn ban is in effect, visit https://www.spokanecleanair.org/

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