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New fire ban in effect


A Stage 1 burn ban for Klickitat, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties has been issued that began at 4 p.m., Dec. 1, by the Washington Department of Ecology. The ban will remain in place until further notice. Air is expected to remain cold and stagnant over the next few days.

All outdoor burning—including residential, agricultural and forest burning—is prohibited.

Under a Stage 1 ban the use of uncertified wood-burning devices—including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts—is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat.

Certified wood-burning devices and pellet stoves are allowed. Ecology recommends burning hot fires using only clean, dry wood....

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