Burn ban archives for: King County

STAGE 1 BURN BANS LIFTED FOR KING, PIERCE & SNOHOMISH COUNTIES AS OF 12 PM DEC. 2ND

STAGE 1 BURN BANS LIFTED FOR KING, PIERCE & SNOHOMISH COUNTIES AS OF 12 PM DEC. 2ND

Currently No Burn Bans in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency expects to see increased wind speeds throughout Tuesday and pollution levels are forecast to fall to MODERATE.

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The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is an air quality management agency serving King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Created as a result of the 1967 Washington Clean Air Act, the agency protects public health by adopting and enforcing air quality regulations, educating individuals and businesses about clean-air choices and sponsoring voluntary initiatives to improve air quality.

Stage 1 Burn Ban Issued for King, Snohomish & Pierce Counties

STAGE 1 BURN BAN CALLED FOR KING, SNOHOMISH & PIERCE COUNTIES

Use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, effective at 1pm on Sunday, November 30th. This ban is in effect until further notice.

The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation.

During a Stage 1 burn ban:

• No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

• The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

• No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

• Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).

For up-to-date burn ban information for the Puget Sound area, download the free app: “Burn Ban 411.”

For more information:

• Visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” tab on our Burn Ban Status page
• Visit our Clean Heating Choices page
• Visit the Our Air Quality page