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New Small Town Burn Restrictions

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Small town burning laws will change beginning January 1, 2007.

The new law prohibits outdoor burning in urban growth towns with less than 5,000 people.

The law is designed to cleanup air around the state.

People will now need to find alternatives, such as community compost piles.

It is also illegal to burn anything in a burn barrel, even yard waste.

Officials hope the change will help make Washington a healthier place to live.

"The goal is to make it easier on people who have existing lung problems like asthma and other conditions that really have a very difficult time with smoke in the air," said Jani Gilbert, a spokesperson from the Washington Department of Ecology. 

These are a few of the key towns affected: Connell, Mesa, Dayton, Waitsburg and Prescott will all be under the new law.

If you want to know whether your town is affected, just contact the county you live in.