Washington is accepting comments and holding hearings in Walla Walla and Yakima on proposed fee increases for agricultural field burning and spot burning.
For field burning and spot burning, the fee would increase by $7.50 to $37 for the first 10 acres. In the case of field burning, each additional acre will cost $3.75, up from $3. For burning piles, the fee would be $80 for the first 80 tons instead of for the first 100 tons. Each additional ton would be $1, which is up 50 cents from the current fee.
Fee increases would take effect July 1.
The first hearing is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the USDA Service Center, 325 N. 13th St. in Walla Walla. The second public hearing is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ecology's Central Regional Office, 15 W. Yakima Ave. in Yakima.
Written comments are due by 5 p.m. April 30 and may by emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Paul Rossow, Department of Ecology, 4601 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA, 99205-1295.