Southwest Clean Air Agency issues burn ban in Clark County

Chimney smoke - Cropped Photo: Bill Smith / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Southwest Clean Air Agency issued a stage one burn ban for all of Clark County, hoping to improve the air quality.

Smoke from the wildfires, combined with people burning locally, has increased the levels of fine particles in the air.

So, all outdoor burning is banned in Clark County. Residents shouldn’t burn anything in fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves, unless it’s your only heat source.

Pellet stoves are still OK to use.

Southwest Clean Air Agency representatives say the colder nights followed by mostly stagnant air in the day is allowing those particles to stick around.

The burn ban is in effect through Saturday morning.

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