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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY EXTENDS OUTDOOR BURNING BAN STATEWIDE

 WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY
 EXTENDS OUTDOOR BURNING BAN STATEWIDE
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Department of Ecology announced today it has extended a ban on outdoor burning to include the entire state, effective at 10 a.m. today. Ecology declared the Forecast Stage of the State Air Pollution Episode Plan in Eastern Washington yesterday. Under the Forecast Stage, all outdoor burning is prohibited. The Forecast Stage will remain in effect until further notice.
 Ecology meteorologists reported that the air over the state remains stagnant. During such conditions, air pollution does not disperse well and remains trapped close to the ground near its source. Ecology and local air quality agencies have increased their monitoring of the lower atmosphere as part of the Episode Plan.
 Under a Forecast Stage, all outdoor burning is banned. Existing outdoor fires must be extinguished as soon as possible. No new outdoor fires may be ignited. Violations can result in civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day.
 Ecology has requested that wood heat users voluntarily refrain from using their stoves or fireplaces during the Forecast Stage, even where local mandatory indoor burning bans are not in effect.
 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 local media and air quality agency telephone hotlines as usual for information on local wood stove burn bans.
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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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