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 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices are allowed.
Call (866) 211-6284 if you think someone is illegally burning or you are impacted by smoke. Up-to-date burn ban information is available at www.waburnbans.net.