YAKIMA COUNTY – BURN BAN CALLED
DATE: Tuesday August 1, 2017
TIME: 4:00 p.m. PST
TO: All Interested Parties
FROM: Mark Edler, PIO, YRCAA
SUBJECT: YAKIMA COUNTY – BURN BAN CALLED
A Stage 1 Burn Ban has been declared by the YRCAA Air Pollution Control Officer for both the Upper and Lower Yakima County areas until further notice. This burn ban has been called due to deteriorating air quality from wildfires.
PM2.5 levels are currently Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange) in the Upper County area.
PM2.5 levels are currently Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange) Lower County area.
Ventilation category is poor.
Dispersion category is poor.
Air quality can change rapidly; please keep watching and we will update the situation as necessary.
Please Note: Restrictions may differ within the exterior boundaries of the Yakama Reservation. The Yakama Nation is addressing air quality issues in conjunction with the EPA, under the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR). For up-to-date information there, please call 1-800-424-4EPA (1-800-424-4372) and ask for the FARR Hotline or visit the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) website for the current burn status.
During a Stage 1 Burn Ban:
All Outdoor Burning, including Agricultural burning, is prohibited;
All violations of the burn ban are subject to civil penalty.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Public Information Officer