WENATCHEE — The air quality in the Wenatchee Valley went from good on Monday to moderate today as a burn ban for Chelan and Douglas counties entered its second day.
The state Department of Ecology issued a Stage 1 burning ban beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, which prohibits the unnecessary use of uncertified woodstoves, inserts or fireplaces, and all outdoor burning. The ban does not apply to those who use a stove as a primary heat source.
No excessive smoke from any wood-burning device is allowed beyond the 20-minute ignition period.
Ecology officials say the ban is expected to continue until at least 10 a.m. Monday.
The air quality is expected to continue to deteriorate this week, as smoke is trapped in the valleys, near the ground.
A moderate air quality means that people with lung and heart diseases, diabetes, a current respiratory infection or those who have had a stroke may be sensitive to air pollution.
Current air quality can be viewed at Ecology’s monitoring website, at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/Default.htm.