FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2015
STAGE 1 BURN BAN CALLED FOR SNOHOMISH COUNTY
Use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves
November 25, 2015, SEATTLE, WA – Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County, effective at 4 PM today, November 25th.
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. With cold, calm weather setting up tonight through the weekend, we expect air pollution to reach levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups in Snohomish County. At this point, we don’t expect a break from this pattern until early next week.
We are closely watching pollution levels in the greater Pierce County area and may extend the burn ban to include that area and tomorrow or Friday.
Visit www.pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status, download our mobile app, and other burn ban alert options for you area.
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).
You can download our free app: Burn Ban 411, for up to date information on burn bans throughout the Puget Sound area. Visit our Burn Ban Status page and click the Mobile App tab for more information.
Pierce County and Darrington residents can text “PIERCEBURN” or “Darrington” to 313131 to receive text messages on burn ban status.
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
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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.
The Agency fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, or national origin in its programs and activities. In addition, the Agency also assures non-discrimination on the basis of creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital or veteran status. For more information, or to submit a title VI Complaint, go to: www.pscleanair.org or call (206) 343-8800.