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Poor Air Quality Continues, Burn Bans Continue in Multiple Counties

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NBCRightNow.com - Poor air quality and stagnant conditions are expected to continue throughout the week.

The poor conditions prompted the Department of Ecology to issue stage 1 burn bans in eight counties including Walla Walla and Kittitas. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning and prohibits the use of wood-burning devices, unless it's the only source for heat. The ban will continue until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has upgraded the current burn ban from stage 1 to stage 2 in both the upper and lower Yakima County areas. In addition to the outdoor burning prohibition, this will now prohibit the use of any solid fuel burning device, including certified or uncertified wood stoves or pellet stoves, all fireplaces and fireplace inserts, unless it's the only source for heat.

The Benton Clean Air Agency has issued an air quality alert through Friday. The agency is asking residents to stop using wood-burning devices, unless it's the only source for heat.

Anyone who is sensitive to air pollution should avoid or reduce heavy activity outside. Sensitive groups include older adults, children, people who work or exercise outdoors, and those with heart conditions and respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.  Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

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