Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Stage 1 Burn Ban Lifted at 4p Today

According to our partner at Southwest Clean Air Agency (http://www.swcleanair.org/), the burn ban will be lifted at 4:00 p.m. today.  Here is the information directly from their website:

December 20, 2011 - Due to the forecast for more active weather patterns and improving air quality conditions, the Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is removing the Stage 1 Burn Ban for Clark County effective 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. The restrictions on using wood stoves and fireplaces in Clark County will then be lifted. This afternoon residents may once again use their wood stoves and fireplaces, but are asked to burn as cleanly as possible.

For those who heat with wood, please remember that it is always illegal to produce excess chimney smoke and to smoke out your neighbor. You know you are burning properly when you do not see any smoke coming from your chimney. 'We want to thank those citizens who have complied with the recent burn bans and ask that when they do burn, that they use only dry, seasoned firewood and follow clean burning practices.' said Robert Elliott, Executive Director of the Southwest Clean Air Agency.

As of Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., in areas of Clark County where burning has not been permanently banned, outdoor burning will again be allowed with the proper permits. However, burning at any time adds to the air pollution levels in your local community, and residents are encouraged to seek alternatives to burning throughout the year. When outdoor burning does take place please note that only natural vegetation may be burned and a smoke nuisance may not be caused. State law prohibits the burning of garbage, home-repair debris, and other prohibited materials at any time. Burn barrels of any kind are also prohibited by state law.

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