Residents asked to consider Air Quality as Burn Season Opens
Just because you can burn yard waste doesn’t mean you should.
Burning at any time adds to the air pollution levels in your local neighborhood, and residents are encouraged to seek alternatives to burning throughout the year, according to the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA).
Still, residents who plan to burn their yard debris may do so after Oct. 15 in much of rural Thurston County after acquiring a residential burn permit online from ORCAA—www.orcaa.org. All outdoor burning of residential materials in Thurston County is prohibited July 15 through October 15 each year. Furthermore, outdoor burning is prohibited year-round for residents within the cities of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey, as well as for county residents within the Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundary. To find out if you live in a no-burn area, visit http://www.geodata.org/and go to “Parcel Search.” Enter your address to receive parcel information. Under the “Zoning” section, if the “Jurisdiction of Influence” is a city or UGA, Residential Burning is PROHIBITED.
Unregulated outdoor burning of any kind can contribute to poor air quality, but burning garbage and other debris—even scraps of milled wood products—is particularly problematic. Most household garbage contains a great deal of plastics, chemicals, coatings and chemically treated materials. When burned, this garbage and waste material releases toxic fumes and particles into the air. This pollution can cause disease ranging from eye and respiratory irritation to potential cancers.
The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) encourages all residents to explore options such as chipping of woody debris, and composting of leaves and grass clippings rather than burning.
For more information on the outdoor burning rules throughout ORCAA’s jurisdiction and the current burn ban click here.
Board of Fire Commissioners’ Meetings
Regular Board meetings will be held once or twice a month; on the first Tuesday of the month (beginning at 5:30 pm) and third Thursday of the month (beginning at 9:00 am).
2015 Schedule: December 1 at 5:30 pm and December 17 at 9:00 am
Special Meeting: The Board will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, November 30th, beginning at 11:00 am. The purpose of the meeting is to hold an Audit Exit meeting .
All meetings will be held at Station 8-1 unless otherwise noted. Most meetings last between one to three hours. All regular and special Board meetings are open to the public.
Note: Meetings are subject to change. Notice of change will be posted on this site and at the meeting location.
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