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


CLEAN AIR TIPS

The 6 Common Air Pollutants

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six common air pollutants. These commonly found air pollutants (also known as "criteria pollutants") are found all over the United States. They are particle pollution (often referred to as particulate matter), ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead. These pollutants can harm your health and the environment, and cause property damage.

Of the six pollutants, particle pollution and ground-level ozone are the most widespread health threats. EPA calls these pollutants "criteria" air pollutants because it regulates them by developing human health-based and/or environmentally-based criteria (science-based guidelines) for setting permissible levels. The set of limits based on human health is called primary standards. Another set of limits intended to prevent environmental and property damage is called secondary standards.

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