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Stage one burn ban issued

Stage one burn ban issued

YAKIMA, Wash.- Yakima Clean Air Agency announced a stage one burn ban until further notice.

This means uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, or any non-certified burning devices are prohibited.

Violators will have to pay a several hundred dollar fine.

"We get cold air mass down below hanging in the valley, and then we'll have a warm air mass coming around over the top of that, and it holds all of the pollution in there. So you're not only getting wood smoke, but you're getting emissions from cars and various sorts of emissions," said Mark Edler, Executive Division Supervisor at Yakima Clean Air Agency.

Air quality experts say based on the weather forecast, it's going to get worse during the next few days.

A stage two burn ban is expected for Monday.

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