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Clean air officials issue burn ban in Yakima County

December 5, 2019 GMT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Clean air officials have upgraded a burn ban across Yakima County to include all wood-burning devices, certified or not, until further notice.

The Yakima Daily Herald reports the Yakima Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban Wednesday on all uncertified fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves and other fuel-burning heating devices.

The agency cited weather conditions contributing to a buildup of air pollutants as reason for the ban. That afternoon, the agency upgraded the ban to include all wood-burning devices unless they are the only source of heat.

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No outdoor burning is allowed.

Violations are subject to civil penalty, the agency said in a news release announcing the ban. Burning restrictions may be different on the Yakama reservation, which is under the authority of the Yakama Nation and the Environmental Protection Agency.