YAKIMA, Wash. — Burning limits have been removed in Yakima County because air quality is expected to improve.

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency Tuesday afternoon dropped the Stage 1 ban that has been in effect across the county. Air quality is considered moderate in the Upper Valley and good in the Lower Valley. Some wind was expected to help scour out pollutants.

A Stage 1 ban forbids the use of uncertified home-heating appliances unless the appliance is a home’s sole source of heat.

The agency’s actions do not apply to the Yakama Nation reservation, which is governed by tribal and federal authorities. Burning restrictions were lifted Jan. 29 on the reservation, according to the latest notice posted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.