Chapter 8.44


8.44.010    Definitions.

8.44.020    Permit required.

8.44.030    Absolute prohibitions.

8.44.040    Exemptions.

8.44.050    Enforcement.

8.44.060    Violation--Penalty.

8.44.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

A.  "Emission" means a release of air contaminants into the ambient air.

B.  "Outdoor burning" means the combustion of material of any type in an open fire or in an outdoor container without providing for the control of combustion or the control of emissions from the combustion.  (Ord. 953 §1, 1993)

8.44.020 Permit required.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to commence or permit to continue any outdoor fire under the control of such person, firm, corporation or other legal entity without having in possession a current permit to conduct such outdoor burning issued by the Yakima County clean air authority or the Washington State Department of Ecology.  (Ord. 953 §2, 1993)

8.44.030 Absolute prohibitions.

No person, firm or corporation shall cause or allow any outdoor fire:

A.  Containing garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics or any substance other than natural vegetation which normally emits dense smoke or obnoxious odors;

B.  During any forecast alert, warning or emergency conditions as defined in RCW 70.94.715;

C.  During any impaired air quality condition as defined in RCW 70.94.473.  (Ord. 953 §3, 1993)

8.44.040 Exemptions.

Outdoor burning shall be allowed without permit for:

A.  Indian ceremonies for sending smoke signals of a part of a religious ritual;

B.  Small outdoor fires on an occasional basis for religious purposes;

C.  Fires from flares, torches, gas burners, incense burners and insect pots;

D.  Barbecues.  (Ord. 953 §4, 1993)

8.44.050 Enforcement.

The Wapato fire department may act as an agent of Yakima County clean air authority for the purpose of issuing permits and providing field response.  (Ord. 953 §6, 1993)

8.44.060 Violation--Penalty.

In addition to civil penalties imposed by state law (Chapter 70.94 RCW) any person, firm or corporation who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment of not more than ninety days, or by both fine and imprisonment for each separate violation.  (Ord. 953 §5, 1993)