A stage one burn ban was declared by the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority this past Saturday for all of Yakima County.
The burn ban will remain in effect until further notice due to deteriorating air quality conditions in the upper and lower regions of Yakima County.
Clean air authority officials said poor ventilation and dispersion of air pollutants are projected, making the air unhealthy for people with health conditions that affect breathing, such as asthma and lung disease.
A stage one burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including agricultural burning. The use of any fireplace, uncertified wood stove or uncertified fireplace insert is prohibited unless it is the only means of heating a home. Certified wood stoves, fireplace inserts or pellet stove use is allowed.
Yakima County residents are reminded any violation of the burn ban is subject to civil penalty.