There's nothing quite like cozying up to a roaring fire on a cold, snowy, winter night.

Hold on a minute. Before you strike the match and get the marshmallows skewered, you need to know about the latest burn ban and how it may affect your plans.

Is There a Burn Ban in Effect for Yakima County?

In a word, yes. Glad you asked. Here's what you need to know.

Yakima County Stage 1 Air Quality Burn Ban Issued

According to Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency:

A ban on the use of uncertified wood stoves, inserts, and fireplaces began at 12:00 pm on January 5, 2022, in all of Yakima County until further notice.

Why is There a Burn Ban Currently in Yakima County?

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency told us they issued the Stage 1 burn ban due to deterioration in weather conditions and poor ventilation that will be contributing to a build-up of air pollutants in the area.

What Types of Burning are Banned in a Stage One Ban in Yakima County?

Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency says that under a Stage 1 burn ban:
  • The use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified solid fuel burning devices is prohibited.
  • The use of certified wood stoves, pellet stoves, and other certified wood-burning devices is allowed.
  • All outdoor burning is prohibited throughout Yakima County (Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation)

What Are the Penalties for Burn Ban Violations?

  • All violations of the burn ban are subject to a civil penalty.
  • This temporary restriction is due to the buildup of air pollution and stagnant weather conditions. This burn ban may be upgraded or removed depending on air quality and weather conditions; please check our website for the latest information, www.yakimacleanair.org
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