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Smoke, from any source, creates problems in human lungs

Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to problems associated with smoke. The types of problems associated with smoke exposure include lower respiratory infections, acute pneumonia, and bronchitis, as well as severe aggravation of existing conditions such as asthma and emphysema. Research evidence also suggests a strong link between wood smoke inhalation and cancer. As with cigarettes, wood smoke – especially from freshly cut branches – includes cancer-causing components such as benzo-a-pyrene and coal tar.

For those reasons, and more, Clean Air Laws — local, state, and federal — regulate particulate matter (PM) pollution such as that found in smoke.

Current Burn Ban Status

In effect for Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, Thurston

Learn more about Burn Bans

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Wood Stove Recycling Program

This Wood Stove Recycling Incentive is available for residents of all six counties within ORCAA’s jurisdiction: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties. The funding is provided by the Washington Department of Ecology through a Wood Smoke Reduction Grant, made available to reduce woodsmoke pollution is the parts of the state most at risk of exceeding health standards as a result of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution created by wood burning.