Agency lifts Clark County burn ban

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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Updated: January 24, 2013, 5:54 PM

 

Improving air quality on Thursday prompted the Southwest Clean Air Agency to lift a countywide burn ban that had stretched for 10 days. Residents are allowed to burn wood again but should still be mindful of health effects when doing so, according to the agency.

The change means Clark County homes are no longer prohibited from using wood stoves and fireplaces. Outdoor burning will also be allowed within proper limitations, according to the agency.

A stagnant weather pattern first led the agency to declare a Stage 1 burn ban on Jan. 14. The ban was upgraded to the more restrictive Stage 2 just a few days later as conditions persisted and air quality worsened.

Officials urge residents to burn wood as cleanly as possible now that the ban has been lifted to keep pollutants out of the air. The agency will continue to monitor conditions and make changes as necessary, officials said.