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Burn Ban Lifted for Western Washington

Gov. Chris Gregoire lifted the burn ban that had been place in Western Washington, after forecasts of rain in the region. The burn ban remains in place for Eastern Washington.

The burn ban that had been in place for Washington has now been lifted in the western part of the state because of the rain, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Friday.

However, if you're planning to head east of the Cascades, , according to the governor's office.

“Today’s rain is a welcome change,” Gregoire said Friday in a prepared statement. “The new weather pattern now covering parts of our state eliminates the need to continue the burn ban in Western Washington. With that said, now is not the time to let down our guard. I urge all Washingtonians to continue to take extra caution to prevent additional human-caused fires. And given the on-going dry conditions east of the Cascades, it makes sense to continue to ban all outdoor burning in Eastern Washington. We must continue to take every step possible to ensure firefighters on the ground can continue to focus on the challenges at hand.”

Smoke-filled air caused by wildfires in the state remain, and the Department of Ecology continues to monitor air quality across Washington, according to the governor's office.

Air quality monitoring information is available here:

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/air_monitoring_data/WAQA_Intro_Page.html

The Washington State Department of Health provides answers to frequently asked questions about wildfire smoke at this link: 

http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/OutdoorAir/SmokeFromFires.aspx

Greg Johnston October 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
What I don't get is why IPA is all the current rage. Too hoppy for me, give me a good pale ale or a full-bodied Pilsner. I have a neighbor who burns leaves, even though outdoor burning is not allowed in Kirkland. The smoke is acrid and nauseating.
Saira V. October 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Yes, outdoor burning is not allowed in Woodinville either; however, fireman told me that campfires and marshmallow roasts are okay. So when does a marshmallow toasting fire become an outdoor burn?
Greg Johnston October 16, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Saira, I believe it's based on size and purpose of the fire. BBQs and small recreational fires in pits or steel bowls are perfectly legal, but larger fires for burning waste wood and vegetation are not. Here are some specifics: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/xml/services/home/environ/waste/recycle/recyclingdirectory/outdoorburning.pdf
Chief Smith October 16, 2012 at 06:19 PM
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/outdoor_woodsmoke/residentialburn.htm Here is a one stop shop for outdoor burning regulations in the Puget Sound area and State of Washington. "Recreational Fires" what some might call Camp Fires, are regulated and different than "Yard Waste Burning". The problem with burn barrels is incomplete combustion. Lack of oxygen and low fire temperatures release toxic smoke into the air, they have been illegal in Washington for 12 years. If you are allowed to burn yard waste in your area, check with your local fire department to see what the regulations are. If you are allowed to burn, the best practice is to burn dry materials and keep the fire burning hot, this causes less “smoke”. The burning of anything other than natural vegetation is not permitted. Once again, call your local fire department to find out what the regulations are in your area.
Greg Johnston October 16, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Thank you Chief Smith, very informative!

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