Monday, February 4, 2013

Air Time: Okanogan County stage 1 burn ban extended

The Stage 1 burn ban called by Ecology for Okanogan County has been extended at least until 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Air quality is unlikely to improve very much today, particularly in Omak and the Methow Valley, forecasters said.

The Stage 1 ban applies to the use of uncertified wood-burning devices (including wood stoves, inserts and fireplaces) and to all outdoor burning. Ecology’s burn bans don’t apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction.

For burn ban updates: Track air quality in your area with the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA). This tool uses color-coded categories to show when air quality is good, moderate or unhealthy.

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