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ECOLOGY CANCELS OUTDOOR BURNING BAN IN WESTERN WASHINGTON; RESTRICTIONS CONTINUE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON

 ECOLOGY CANCELS OUTDOOR BURNING BAN IN WESTERN WASHINGTON;
 RESTRICTIONS CONTINUE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Department of Ecology announced it has ended its ban on all outdoor burning in Western Washington. The prohibition ended at 4 p.m. today, but local restrictions may apply in several areas.
 The ban on outdoor burning remains in effect in Eastern Washington until further notice.
 Ecology called the Forecast Stage of an Air Pollution Episode at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, in response to stagnant air conditions over the state. A high pressure weather system resulted in "air stagnation" -- a condition in which there is not enough movement of air to effectively disperse pollutants.
 A new weather system off the Washington Coast has brought improved circulation to the lower atmosphere in Western Washington. East of the Cascades, stagnant conditions persist. The Forecast Stage in Eastern Washington will remain in effect until further notice. Ecology and local air quality agencies continue to monitor the lower atmosphere throughout the state.
 Under a Forecast Stage, all outdoor burning is banned. Violations can result in civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day.
 There is no prohibition against indoor burning during a Forecast Stage; however, local air quality agencies may continue their wood stove curtailment programs. Wood heat users should consult their local media and air quality agency telephone hotlines as usual for information on wood stove bans.
 The Forecast Stage remains in effect in the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, Yakima and Skamania.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Altose of the Washington State Department of Ecology, 206-493-9362/ CO: Washington State Department of Ecology ST: Washington IN: SU:


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