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Burn ban called for Okanogan, Kittitas counties

Warm air and a shallow layer of fog in mountain valleys is trapping smoke and impairing air quality, prompting Stage 1 burn bans in Okanogan and Kittitas and counties that begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 9) and will extend until at least 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 12), the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) announced....
News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

Outdoor burn ban imposed in county A stage 1 burn ban was imposed Tuesday (Dec. 29) in Okanogan, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties, the state Department of Ecology (DOE) announced. The ban will continue through at least 10 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 4), DOE said. DOE said it...
Outdoor burn ban imposed Tuesday

Outdoor burn ban imposed Tuesday

A stage 1 burn ban was imposed Tuesday (Dec. 29) beginning at 4 p.m. in Okanogan, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties, the state Department of Ecology (DOE) announced. The ban will continue through at least 10 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 4), DOE said. DOE said it imposed the...
Methow man fined by state for illegal burning

Methow man fined by state for illegal burning

An individual in the town of Methow was fined by the state Department of Ecology for burning leaves, twigs and garbage last winter during a ban on outdoor burning. Ecology fined Eric Zahn $2,175 after investigating a complaint of nuisance smoke. The investigator found the fire unattended, according to Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications manager for Ecology....
New project aims for cleaner winter air in Methow Valley

New project aims for cleaner winter air in Methow Valley

Health concerns about burning prompt local response By Marcy Stamper With fall moisture and cooler temperatures, most summer burn bans have been lifted. But cool weather can prompt other bans on burning to protect air quality and public health — and those bans often go unnoticed. A new program called the Methow Valley Clean Air Project is...
Dry conditions keep many burn bans in place

Dry conditions keep many burn bans in place

With cooler temperatures and longer nights, burn bans have been lifted in much of the state, but record-setting dry conditions in Okanogan County and much of eastern Washington mean that campfires and burning are still not allowed in many areas. There is still a ban on all outdoor burning in Okanogan County, which means all agricultural...
Gov. Inslee declares ‘emergency conditions’ across the state

Gov. Inslee declares ‘emergency conditions’ across the state

Extreme heat and drought conditions across the state have prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to issue an emergency proclamation for all 39 counties, activating essential resources needed to prevent and contain wildfires. Forecasts call for continued high temperatures and dry conditions around the state, creating …
Burn ban in county; some fires restricted on public land

Burn ban in county; some fires restricted on public land

The Okanogan County commissioners signed their annual resolution on Tuesday (June 16), banning all outdoor burning because of the potential for large, catastrophic fires. The ban typically goes into effect before the July 4 holiday. Under the ban, agricultural burning and outdoor burning of yard waste are prohibited. The use of gas- or charcoal-fired barbecues is...
Burn ban in Okanogan County

Burn ban in Okanogan County

A Stage 1 burn ban was imposed in Okanogan County on Tuesday (Dec. 16) and will continue through at least 10 a.m. on Friday (Dec. 19), when it could be called off or extended. Air is expected to remain stagnant and could reach unhealthy levels, according to Washington Department of Ecology forecasters. Under a Stage...

State, federal, county burn bans lifted as weather moderates

County, state and federal officials have lifted burn bans because of higher humidity and cooler nighttime temperatures. The Okanogan County commissioners lifted the county ban on outdoor burning on Monday (Sept. 29). The commissioners noted that the fire chief and fire advisory board support the decision. The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rescinded the...