Air quality-based restrictions:
When fine particles of smoke are on the rise and stagnant weather conditions prevail, Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency can restrict the use of wood burning devices and all outdoor burning. This strategy is to help prevent the fine particles in wood smoke from exceeding the federal, health-based air quality standards. You are encouraged to subscribe to our burn ban email alerts, you will be emailed when burn bans are issued or rescinded.
Fire hazard based restrictions:
In addition to " air quality burn bans" local and state fire officials may place restrictions on outdoor burning based on fire hazard conditions, which occur typically during the dry summer and early fall.
Wood heating restrictions:
A color-coded system on our home page is used to report wood burning conditions:
Green: Air pollution levels are low and dispersion is good. There are no restrictions on the proper use of any solid fuel burning device certified or non certified including wood burning stoves, fireplace inserts and fireplaces.
Yellow: This is a Stage 1 burn ban. Air pollution levels are rising or are already high due to poor dispersion. The use of solid fuel burning devices is restricted. Only EPA certified devices (wood, pellet stoves and inserts) may be used. All outdoor burning is banned countywide under a Stage 1 and 2.
Red: This is a Stage 2 burn ban. Air pollution has risen to a level threatening to public health, dispersion is poor and is not expected to improve in the next 24 to 72 hours. The use of all solid fuel burning devices is prohibited. All outdoor burning is banned countywide under a stage 1 and 2, this includes outdoor fireplaces, fire bowls, fire pits, and similar devices.
Exemption to burn during a Burn Ban:
If wood is your only source of heat, you may apply for an exemption. Please apply before the start of the heating season.To apply, print and complete the application for exemption form CLICK HERE and submit to Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency. You may also call 509-834-2050 to request a mailed application form. Your application will be reviewed by qualified personnel and you will receive an answer within 2 to 4 weeks; please make sure to include all your contact information to expedite this process.
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Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency
186 Iron Horse Court, Suite 101
Yakima, WA. 98901
Phone: (509) 834-2050