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Air Stagnation Advisory in effect for Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin

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KENNEWICK, Washy.--  If you're planning to have a fire in your fireplace for the holidays, it can be more unhealthy than usual right now.

The National Weather Service has issued an Air Stagnation Advisory until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  This means the air is still nand pollutants  can't escape.  Instead, it gets trapped near the ground and can get into your lungs.  This is especially a problem for people with respiratory problems, heart disease, or kids and older adults.

Diann Coonfield, Meteorologist with the NWS, explains, "If you have a long burning fire, it's going to hang around over your house.  Another thing, if you burn wrapping paper, that wrapping paper creates toxins in the air so we ask you not to burn them."

It's actually illegal to burn wrapping paper in the state of Washington.