Burn ban archives for: King County

King County Fire Danger Burn Ban in Effect June 22, 2015

A fire/safety burn ban is in effect for King County. The Phase I Burn Ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires.

Recreational fires must:

Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.
Please note – the use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques would continue to be allowed under the ban. For properties located within cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.

Source: http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/BurnBanInfo.aspx

DNR Expands Burn Ban to Include Western Washington, Effective June 22, 2015

OLYMPIA – With heat and drought rapidly increasing fire danger in western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is today expanding last week’s burn ban from DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington to include those west of the Cascades. The statewide burn ban will run from June 22 through September 30, 2015.

Read the press release at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2015_06_22_burnban_nr.aspx

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov

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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