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All Burn Bans Lifted In King, Pierce, & Snohomish Counties & Darrington, Effective Immediately


January 3, 2015  SEATTLE, WA – Effective immediately, all burn bans are being lifted in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, as well as Darrington.  With the help of rain and wind, air pollution levels everywhere dropped to GOOD or lower Moderate last night.

While agency forecasters do expect only light winds during the day today and into tonight, an approaching weather system should increase winds and rain late tonight and into Sunday.  This will again help disperse our air pollution and keep levels low for the next 2-3 days.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency would like to thank everyone who switched to alternative sources of heat instead of burning wood during these bans.  Children, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory health problems especially appreciate your efforts.

You can download our free app: Burn Ban 411, for up to date information on burn bans throughout the Puget Sound area.

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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 for Darrington, Snohomish, King & Pierce counties

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is downgrading Darrington, Snohomish and Pierce counties to a Stage 1 burn ban, effective at 12pm, January 2, 2015. 

A Stage 1 burn ban continues for King County.

These bans remain in effect until further notice.

The use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves.

A weak system will bring some winds and light rain midday Friday, with winds subsequently decreasing in the early evening. Late Friday night through Saturday night, we expect widespread stagnation throughout the region, with a risk of pollution building rapidly in areas where wood burning is common. Late Saturday night should see a new system with rain, increased winds, and good ventilation.

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.”

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