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Update: Burn bans lifted in Eastern Washington

UNION GAP – The New Year has rolled in with more fog and winds than predicted, allowing the Department of Ecology to lift a Stage 1 burn ban in Asotin, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Okanogan and Stevens counties today.

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Burn ban begins Jan. 1 in Eastern Washington

SPOKANE – Cold, stagnant weather forecasted for early next week is expected to create poor air quality conditions in Eastern Washington. In an effort to prevent unhealthy air quality, the Washington Department of Ecology is limiting indoor and outdoor burning in Asotin, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Okanogan and Stevens counties.

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Burn ban continues in Methow Valley; expires elsewhere in Okanogan County

SPOKANE – The Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County has been extended through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, for the communities of Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama.

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Conditions prompt Stage 1 burn ban on Dec. 4 for Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Kittitas counties

UNION GAP – A forecast of cooling temperatures and stagnant air is prompting a Stage 1 burn ban for four Central Washington counties starting 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

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Family trust agrees to restore Lake Osoyoos shorelines and wetlands

OROVILLE – Under a settlement agreement with the Washington state Department of Ecology, a family trust from Canada has agreed to restore a shoreline and wetland on Lake Osoyoos in Okanogan County.

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Ecology issues $20,000 fine for failing to remove illegal bulkhead

OROVILLE –A $20,000 penalty has been levied against Todd and Brenda Barrett of Graham, Wash., for failing to remove an unauthorized bulkhead and neglecting to restore the shoreline along property they own on Palmer Lake in Okanogan County.

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Summer of high water expected along Okanogan River

OROVILLE – Communities along the Okanogan River from Oroville to Brewster are likely to experience high water along the shoreline through the summer and into September, due to greater-than-normal snowmelt from watersheds in Canada.

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Runoff raising Osoyoos Lake and nearby river flows

OROVILLE – Water levels in Osoyoos Lake are rising as heavy snowpack in central British Columbia begins to melt. During the runoff season, the lake can rise sharply and cause downstream rivers to flow more swiftly.

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