YAKIMA The burn ban that was already in effect was upgraded to stage 2 Sunday at noon.
In a stage 2 burn ban the use of any burning stove, fireplace, fireplace inset of pellet stove is prohibited unless it’s the only adequate means of heating a home.
The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency called for the ban due to a weather forecast that will contribute to a build-up of pollutants in the air, said Mark Elder of the agency.
All outdoor burning is prohibited throughout the county, he said. The stage 2 been will be in effect until further notice.
Yakima County has been under burn bans a good portion of the year. Mountain wildfires and grassland blazes sullied the air most of the summer.