The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local outdoor air quality standards and regulations in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties of southwest Washington state. Our mission is to preserve and enhance air quality in southwest Washington.

BURN BAN STATUS  
(Outdoor burning is permanently banned in all urban growth areas)
Clark County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Cowlitz County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Lewis County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Skamania County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Wahkiakum County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 

FEATURE ARTICLE

Burn Dry Seasoned Firewood & Get a Moisture Meter

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - When you burn dry, seasoned wood, you use less wood for the same amount of heat, you produce far less smoke and you keep your fireplace or wood stove in better working condition with less creosote build up.

When you burn unseasoned (green) or even partially seasoned wood in your fireplace or wood stove it can create lots of smoke and cause creosote build-up in your chimney which could lead to a chimney fire.


By taking the Burn Dry Seasoned Firewood Pledge, you commit to the following:

  • You pledge to only burn firewood that has been split, stacked and dried for at least 6 months to a moisture content of 20% or less.

  • You pledge to join our e-mail list to stay informed about Air Pollution Advisories, Fire Safety Burn Bans and receive e-notifications when a Wood Stove / Fireplace Curtailment (Burn Ban) is in effect.

  • You pledge to always check before you burn to see if a Burn Ban is in effect. If a Burn Ban is in effect, you pledge to not burn (unless wood is your only adequate source of heat) until local air quality returns to healthy levels and the ban is lifted.

To redeem the Southwest Clean Air Agency offer for a free electronic wood moisture meter, follow this link for your Southwest Clean Air Agency Burn Dry Seasoned Firewood Pledge form. Quantities are limited, be sure to take the Pledge today.

Click for the Southwest Clean Air Agency Burn Dry Seasoned Firewood Pledge Form


SWCAA NEWS

Keep Your Home Safe From Chimney Fires

Monday, December 01, 2014 - As temperatures drop, many people start using their fireplaces and stoves to stay warm. Chimney fires occur when built-up creosote within the chimney catches fire. Creosote is a byproduct of burning wood and other combustibles and is very flammable.

Brick and mortar and metal pipe chimneys designed to convey heat and smoke out of the fireplace are not designed to contain a creosote fire. Creosote fires inside a chimney can burn through the mortar between the bricks and enter the structure, or it can overheat a stove pipe to the extent that it "cooks" the wood around it, making it even more flammable. Sparks and embers from the creosote fire within the chimney can also float down to the roof shingles and gutters, where there may be flammable leaves or pine needles.

Chimney fires can be prevented with regular inspection and cleaning. Property owners are encouraged to have their chimneys inspected once a year and cleaned as needed, based on the results of your inspection. Chimney inspection and cleaning services can be found by searching on-line or using the yellow pages.

Also, the wood you burn should be well seasoned and dry. The moisture and sap in green wood causes more smoke, robs your stove of efficiency and encourages more creosote deposits in your chimney. A smokey chimney is more prone to creosote deposits than a smoke free chimney.


Keep your home and family safe this winter!

Free Leaf Disposal Coupons

Monday, October 13, 2014 - You can tell fall is in the air with the crisp mornings and cold evenings. This means the leaves are turning and starting to fall into our yards, streets and coating our neighborhoods. There are options for air friendly and healthy ways to dispose of those pesky leaves and other fall yard clean-up debris.

You can put leaves and yard debris in your recycle bin for pick up, chip it or compost it. If you have curbside recycling service in your neighborhood and have not signed up; now is the time. If you do not have curbside service, consider easy backyard composting, or haul the debris to your nearest recycling facility.

To help residents take care of the fallen leaves, the City of Vancouver is again offering Fall Leaf Coupons. Vancouver and Clark County Residents can redeem the free leaf disposal coupons beginning October 1 through December 20. Please note that this coupon is for LEAVES ONLY.

Get your coupon by clicking here


Call today to have your coupon mailed out; or stop by and pick one up at SWCAAs office. We are conveniently located close to H & H Wood Recyclers who is participating in this program.

Remember no matter what option you choose, there are two things to keep in mind: (1) it is illegal to smoke out your neighbors, and (2) outdoor burning is permanently banned in urbanized areas (incorporated cities, suburbs and adjacent areas) throughout our region. If in doubt, call SWCAA at 360-574-3058 x 110.


CLEAN AIR TIPS

Get Your Home Ready for Cooler Weather

Saturday, November 01, 2014 - The coming cold weather means it is time to weatherize your house for energy savings and comfort.

  • Windows:
  • Energy-efficient windows can reduce heating and cooling costs by 20 to 30 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy-efficient double-paned windows are the ultimate solution, but there are other steps that will reduce heat loss. Check windows for leaks by turning off all heating, cooling or ventilating systems, then carefully holding a lit candle four to six inches from the frame. If the flame wavers or flickers, you have air leaks. Inspect exterior calking for cracks or gaps. If the leak persists after resealing, call a professional. Cover the outside of the windows with heavy plastic or place shrink plastic on the inside. Read instructions that come with these materials for the best applications or talk with a hardware store expert. Blinds or window coverings also can help insulate your house by preventing warm air from escaping at night. Open blinds during the day to let in light and capture heat.

    Click to read more information on getting your home ready for cooler weather. Read More...



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