The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a Stage 1 burn ban for the North Central Washington area.

The restrictions include all of Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties.

A Stage 1 ban prohibits all outdoor and agricultural burning, as well as the use of uncertified wood stoves.

The restrictions were issued due to a pattern of stagnant air in the region.

The ban went into effect today (Wednesday, November 23) and will remain in place until at least next Monday, November 28.

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