Old or faulty woodstoves can be a cause of fires in residents during the winter as well as create issues with poor air quality. These stoves were brought into the Ellensburg transfer station in 2017 as part of the state Department of Ecology’s program to help replace old stoves.

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Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue deputy Chief Rich Elliott said all it takes for a winter wildfire to start is a little bit of bad vegetation and wind.

While the risks for wildfires always remain from season to season, low temperatures and wet landscapes usually prevent wildfires from starting during the winter.