Agricultural burn source of smoke in Valley


WALLA WALLA — A large agricultural burn southeast of Touchet cast a pall of smoke over the cities of Walla Walla and College Place today.

The burn was between Touchet and Lowden south of U.S. Highway 12, said Jim Duncan, Walla Walla County director of Emergency Management.

According to the Washington state Department of Ecology, today was designated as a burn day for Walla Walla County. Agricultural burns of up to 150 acres were allowed between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


bill 2 years, 9 months ago

I recently saw a sign on the back of a car that read "no farms, no food." In the Walla Walla Valley it means more than food. Jobs might be also a consideration.


dogman12 2 years, 9 months ago

There must be someone who uses atmospheric conditions to decide if it is a burn day. That person being human, mistakes will happen. So even though I forgive, that smoke was nasty and irritating, possibly dangerous to some folks.

Burning is cheap and easy for the land manager: it shifts the costs to people with poor breathing capacity. There are ways to manage fields without burning - in Columbia County just up the road th!ere is very little field burning and a whole lot of no-till. As I understand it, there was a champion for no-till in Dayton for years, but there has never been one here.

If we ever get such a champion, people will breathe easier!


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