Violations of Stage 2 Burn Ban Could Result in Fines
The Upper Valley remains in a stage two burn ban, but some people are violating the restrictions.
It's been illegal to use your fireplace for the last two weeks... But people aren't following burn ban regulations and continue to burn illegally.
The Yakima Clean Air Authority has had to issue the fourth burn ban this winter, and they have been asking people in Yakima to not burn anything -- indoors or out -- to avoid further polluting the air.
But fires are still being kindled, and a high pressure system is locking that smoke in.
This air stagnation will remain over the valley until the weather can provide some relief. But until then, people need to stop sending smoke into the air, or they could be facing some penalties.
During a stage two burn ban, all indoor and outdoor fires are prohibited.
You may use a certified wood stove, but that's if it is the only source of heat for your home. Other than that, all burning is restricted.
And if you are one of those repeat offenders, the Clean Air Authority will issue a fine that could cost hundreds, or even thousands of dollars ... but they say those fines are going to be their last resort.