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Stage 1 Burn ban for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties

UNION GAP – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.

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DOE/submitted photo Zosel Dam is used by the Washington State Department of Ecology to regulate the water level in Osoyoos Lake. When spring runoff swells the  Similkameen River it can back up the Okanogan River from the point where the two rivers join at the confluence just south of Oroville. This causes the Okanogan to rise to the point  the dam can not control the flow as it reverses northward.

Fall water level drawdown at Lake Osoyoos begins

OROVILLE – Autumn is upon us and the Washington Department of Ecology is drawing down water levels at Lake Osoyoos to winter operational levels. Releases from Zosel Dam to the Okanogan River will increase in volume to bring the lake down about two-and-a-half feet from now until December.

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Shoreline penalty resolved on Palmer Lake

LOOMIS – The Washington Department of Ecology and a British Columbia couple have agreed to a settlement that reduces their penalty and provides opportunities for environmental enhancement along Palmer Lake in Okanogan County.

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Governor declares drought emergency for Okanogan and Methow basins

OLYMPIA – Despite significant snow in parts of Washington, water supply shortages are projected in the Okanogan, Methow and Upper Yakima basins, prompting Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a drought emergency in those watersheds.

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Stage 1 burn ban begins Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan counties

UNION GAP – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10 a.m. Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.

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Poor air quality can result in a burn ban

OLYMPIA – During the winter, a weather pattern called an inversion can trap stagnant air and unhealthy wood smoke close to the ground.

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Gary DeVon/G-T file photo Geologists take core samples to determine the richness of the ore in one of the  tunnels at the Buckhorn Mine near Chesaw last November.

Cleanup funds identified for Buckhorn Mountain mine

CHESAW – Owners of the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine will post an additional $12 million in securities with the state of Washington to assure adequate funds are available for environmental cleanup and restoration at the Okanogan County mine that stopped extracting ore in July.

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Osoyoos Lake levels are rising at faster rate than last year

OROVILLE – Water levels in Osoyoos Lake are rising as Canadian water managers in Penticton continue to release water from Lake Okanagan to prepare for expected high inflows into the lake from melting snows later this year.

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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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