Burn ban begins Sunday morning in Chelan and Douglas counties

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A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 8 a.m. Sunday throughout North Central Washington.

That includes all of Chelan and Douglas counties and Okanogan County’s Methow Valley, due to poor air quality expected in the region.

A Stage 1 ban that began earlier this week in Kittitas and Klickitat counties will be extended.

Restrictions on burning will continue through 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, when conditions will be reassessed.

Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including residential, agricultural and forest burning.

Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat.

Fine particles from wood smoke can easily get into people’s lungs, causing heart and breathing problems.