December 22, 2011
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… Sure sounds nice, doesn’t it?
/> But while that toasty open fire is technically allowed again now that a stage 1 burn ban has
been lifted in Chelan and Douglas counties, it is not recommended.
The Department of
Ecology is urging people to think twice before burning. The smoke from outdoor burning and wood stoves easily
builds up this time of year, when stagnant air conditions can trap smoke close to the ground. That smoke can be a
real problem for folks with breathing problems and heart conditions.
Seth Preston added that while one fire might not seem like a big deal, people can actually make a big difference.
By limiting burning as much as possible, residents can help prevent air quality from deteriorating to the point
that burn bans are needed.