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Washington Governor Lifts Burn Ban

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Gregoire made her decision after consulting with Department of Natural Resources Director 
Peter Goldmark and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste.

The burn ban still in place for Eastern Washington prohibits all outdoor burning, including but 
not limited to:
 Campfires
 Bonfires
 Residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement and 
agricultural burning activity
 Ignition of fireworks. 

Liquid fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted provided that use is conducted over a nonflammable surface and is at least five feet from flammable vegetation. Charcoal grills are 
permitted at private residences under the same conditions.

Meanwhile, air quality is still a concern in Eastern Washington. According to the state’s 
Department of Ecology, Trout Lake was experiencing “hazardous” air quality during the 
morning hours today, mostly due to strong smoke impacts from nearby wildfires. Monitors 
showed the air in Cashmere, Entiat, Wenatchee, Ellensburg, Toppenish, Rosalia, Pullman, and Maple Falls was “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
Ecology is monitoring air quality across Washington state where smoke-filled air remains.
To check for air quality monitoring information, visit: 
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/air_monitoring_data/WAQA_Intro_Page.html
Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Health is providing answers to frequently asked questions about wildfire smoke here: 
http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/OutdoorAir/SmokeFromFires.aspx

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