YAKIMA COUNTY -- The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency is extending the stage 2 burn ban that's in place for Yakima County until at least 8:00 am Saturday. The burn ban is for both upper and lower Yakima County areas.
During a Stage 2 Burn Ban:
All Outdoor Burning, including Agricultural burning, is prohibited;
The use of any solid-fuel burning fireplace, stove or fireplace insert (including certified devices) is prohibited unless it is the only adequate means of heating a home; Note: The most commonly used "solid fuels" are wood, manufactured logs, pellets and coal.
No excessive smoke is allowed from any wood burning device beyond a 20-minute start-up; and
All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.
The Air Pollution Control Officer strongly encourages all Yakima County residents to refrain from burning until air quality improves and the risk to public health is diminished.