Clark Stage I Burn Ban - Lewis/Cowlitz Air Quality Advisory SWCAA News

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Smoke from indoor and outdoor wood burning and forest fires have led to increasing levels of fine particle air pollution in Clark, Cowlitz and Lewis Counties. The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is issuing a Stage I Burn Ban effective immediately throughout Clark County and an Air Quality Advisory for Cowlitz and Lewis Counties. Colder nights followed by limited daytime ventilation and dispersion have caused fine particle air pollution levels to rise toward the federal health-based standard. These conditions are forecast to continue through 8:00 am Saturday morning.

All outdoor burning and the use of all fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves and inserts is prohibited in Clark County until 8:00 am Saturday November 17, 2018. If wood burning is your only source of heat, you are exempt from this curtailment and SWCAA asks that you burn as clean as possible.

For Cowlitz and Lewis County a burn ban is not in effect. However, residents are encouraged not to burn due to increasing pollution levels.