Stage 1 burn ban called for Kittitas County

February 15, 2017 GMT

A burn ban started today at 4 p.m. in Kittitas County due to poor air quality, according to a news release. Burning restrictions will continue through noon on Friday when conditions will be reevaluated.

The ban was called by the Washington state Department of Ecology, which said light winds, fog and persistent temperature inversions are accumulating pollution. Small particles from wood burning stoves can get into people’s lungs and cause heart and breathing problems, according to the release.

The restriction is a Stage 1 ban, under which all outdoor burning is prohibited including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts and other uncertified wood-burning devices are prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Cleaner burning certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices are allowed.

For more information or to report someone if they are illegally burning, call 866-211-6284. More information can also be found at www.waburnbans.net.