Yakima Valley burn ban reduced to stage 1

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has issued a stage 1 burn ban for both the Upper and Lower Yakima Valley.

Officials said they called for the ban because of poor ventilation and dispersion. Conditions may improve Wednesday morning.

During a Stage 1 Burn Ban:

1. All Outdoor Burning, including Agricultural burning, is prohibited;

2. The use of any fireplace, uncertified wood stove or uncertified fireplace insert is prohibited unless it is the only adequate means of heating a home;

3. Certified wood stove, certified fireplace insert or pellet stove/insert use is allowed;

4. No excessive smoke (over 20% opacity) is allowed from any wood burning device beyond a 20-minute start-up; and

5. All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.

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