Category Archives: Burn Bans

NWCAA cancels air quality burn ban for Columbia Valley in Whatcom County

Jan. 16, 2019

KENDALL – As of 9 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 16), the Northwest Clean Air Agency will cancel a Stage 2 air quality burn ban in the Columbia Valley urban growth area in the Kendall area of Whatcom County.

NWCAA urges residents to limit burning as much as possible to avoid another burn ban in the near future.

Burn bans are based on weather forecasts and current air pollution from small particles. They are called when air quality is predicted to be worse than the national health-based standard for at least 24 hours.

Fine particles in wood smoke are harmful because they can be inhaled deeply into lungs and damage delicate tissues. Smoke pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to children, people with heart and lung problems, and adults age 65 and older.

Check www.waburnbans.net or NWCAA’s website (www.nwcleanairwa.gov) for up-to-date burn ban information.

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The Northwest Clean Air Agency is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local air quality regulations in Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. In addition to permitting and regulating industrial sources of air pollution, the agency provides services and information related to asbestos, indoor air quality, outdoor burning, woodstoves, and fireplaces. More information about the agency is available at www.nwcleanairwa.gov.

 

 

Burn Ban Lifted for Greater Pierce County

The burn ban for Greater Pierce County has been lifted, effective 12 PM today, January 16, 2019. There are no air quality burn bans currently in effect in the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency jurisdiction.

Winds will be picking up this afternoon and pollution levels have returned to MODERATE, so we are lifting the burn ban today. Looking ahead, we expect clouds and rain, and GOOD air quality for the rest of the week and into the weekend.

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 issues especially benefit from your efforts.

Visit www.pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status, download our mobile app or sign up for alerts, and to learn more about burn bans.

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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.

Burn ban lifted for Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties

UNION GAP– A Stage 1 burn ban in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties expires at noon today (Jan. 15, 2019), according to the Washington Department of Ecology. Winds are expected to pick up on Wednesday, improving air quality in the region.

Stage 2 Burn Ban Called for Greater Pierce County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2019

STAGE 2 BURN BAN CALLED FOR GREATER PIERCE* COUNTY

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

SEATTLE, WA – Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is elevating to a Stage 2 burn ban for Greater Pierce County, effective  12:00pm today, January 14, 2019.

This ban is in effect until further notice.

Overnight, air pollution levels exceeded UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS for several hours. We expect current conditions (light winds, clear skies, and colder temperatures) to continue through late Tuesday.

* Pierce County residents on the “Pierce Peninsula” (Gig Harbor Fire #5, Key Peninsula #16, Anderson Island #27) and in “South Pierce” county (Roy Fire #17, Eatonville, Ashford #23) are not included in today’s burn ban. Check the Pierce County Burn Ban Area Map for more specific information.

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 2 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or 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 2 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).

Visit pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status.

Pierce County Text Alerts:

Send a text to 313131 with one the keywords:

  • PIERCEBURN for all of Pierce County
  • PENINSULA for the Pierce Peninsula
  • SOUTHPIERCE for South Pierce County

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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.