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Clean air officials issue burn ban in Yakima County

Dec. 5, 2019 9:56 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Clean air officials have upgraded a burn ban across Yakima County to include all wood-burning devices, certified or not, until further notice. The Yakima Daily Herald reports the Yakima Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban Wednesday on all uncertified fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet...

22 farmers arrested in India for causing air pollution

Nov. 20, 2019 6:31 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Twenty-two farmers were arrested in northern India on Wednesday for setting fires to clear their fields and contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country, a government official said. Those arrested in Uttar Pradesh state’s Pilibhit district face charges of...

Utah extends fire restrictions in 11 counties by a month

Nov. 16, 2019 12:21 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Seasonal fire restrictions are being extended in 11 Utah counties by a month due to what officials say are dry conditions and continued problems with controlling wildfires. The state Department of Natural Resources says State Forester Brian Cottam has signed proclamations to ban...

Air quality advisory over smoky conditions extended

Nov. 7, 2019 7:50 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says smoky skies and stagnant air are expected to hang around in Oregon and southwest Washington for another week. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the agency initially issued an air quality advisory Monday, but on Wednesday extended the...

Farmers blamed for Delhi's pollution say they are helpless

Nov. 7, 2019 4:52 AM EST

AMRITSAR, India (AP) — Indian farmers said they're being unfairly criticized for causing the worst air pollution in the capital because of the burning of stubbles in fields. The air quality index stood at 273 on Thursday after authorities declared a health emergency last weekend when the index crossed 500...

Fire alert lifted for all 67 counties after rains

Oct. 23, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state forester has lifted a fire alert for Alabama after rainfall across the state. State Forester Rick Oates this week lifted the fire alert that had been in place for all 67 counties in Alabama. The fire alert and burn restrictions were put in place in September. Dry...

Kentucky asks fed agency for drought disaster declaration

Oct. 21, 2019 2:59 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The agriculture commissioner of Kentucky wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue a disaster declaration for parts of the state suffering from extreme heat and drought. The Courier Journal reports Commissioner Ryan Quarles requested the declaration last week in a letter to...

Mississippi burn ban lifted but some county bans remain

Oct. 14, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the state burn ban has been lifted because of recent rainfall but some county bans are still in effect. News outlets report Bryant made the announcement Monday after consulting with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. State Forester Russell Bozeman...

West Virginia lifts ban on outdoor burning

Oct. 10, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's ban on outdoor burning is officially over. Gov. Jim Justice rescinded the ban on Wednesday after the state received sufficient rainfall over the last several days. The burning of forestland, grass and other inflammable materials is now allowed between the hours of 5...