Burn ban archives for: King County

Burn Ban Updates: Bans lifted in King & Snohomish Counties, Pierce County lowered to Stage 1; effective 2pm 1/3/2016 Get current status online at: http://bit.ly/1IK27Sp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 3, 2016

BURN BANS LIFTED FOR SNOHOMISH AND KING COUNTIES

BURN BAN LOWERED TO STAGE 1 FOR GREATER PIERCE* COUNTY

SEATTLE, WA – Due to improved weather conditions, but with air pollution levels remaining an issue, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lifting the bans in Snohomish and King Counties, and lowering Greater Pierce County* to a Stage 1 burn ban, effective 2:00 pm today, January 3, 2016.

This ban is in effect until further notice.

We expect to see some increase in winds in Snohomish County this afternoon.  Clouds and precipitation should keep air pollution from becoming trapped near the surface (an inversion) in areas of the region tonight. However, air pollution levels in Pierce County are expected to remain higher and the forecast is for little to no winds the rest of the night.  Without sufficient winds, and without a burn ban to reduce ongoing air pollution from wood burning, Pierce county will likely exceed the air pollution health standard.

* 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 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.

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 www.pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status, download our mobile app, and other burn ban alert options for you area.

The following burn ban status text message alerts are available in Pierce County:

  • All Pierce County text PIERCEBURN to 313131
  • Pierce Peninsula text PENINSULA to 313131
  • South Pierce County text SOUTHPIERCE to 313131

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
  • Also get status updates on the go with the free Burn Ban 411 mobile app for Android and Apple: http://bit.ly/bb411

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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.

EPA Announces Burn Bans for W WA

Outdoor Burn Ban Declared for Western Washington Tribal Reservations Starting January 1

(Seattle – December 31, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is declaring a ban on all outdoor open burning on the following Indian reservations in Washington State due to stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution, effective at 8:00 a.m. on January 1, 2016. The burn bans will continue until revised or canceled.

Reservations of the following tribes are affected:

Lummi Nation Chehalis Tribe
Nooksack Indian Tribe Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
Tulalip Tribes Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Nisqually Indian Tribe
Port Gamble Indian Community Skokomish Indian Tribe
Squaxin Island Tribe Suquamish Tribe

The burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning, including camping and recreational fires, in all areas, regardless of ownership or tribal membership, within external reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the burn ban. For areas outside reservation boundaries, please contact your local clean air agency, fire department, or the Washington State Department of Ecology.

EPA requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution as much as possible, including excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces, unless they are the only adequate source of heat.

Air pollution can have significant health impacts. Cooperation from the community will help people who are most at risk during this period, including children, the elderly, pregnant women, people with asthma or difficulty breathing, diabetes, or heart problems. Those sensitive groups should avoid outdoor exercise and minimize exposure to outdoor pollution as much as possible. Under the most severe pollution levels all residents should restrict their activities.

An earlier burn ban remains in effect for the Yakama Nation Reservation in Eastern Washington.

To check conditions in your area, go to http://www.airnow.gov/ or https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/.

For current burn ban status, please visit: https://waburnbans.net/ or contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372 or by email to R10_farrhotline@epa.gov.

Find more information online at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/tribal.nsf/programs/farr-burn-bans.

DNR Burn Ban Expires but some hazards remain

As a public safety precaution, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) campgrounds at Leader Lake and Rock Creek will remain closed because of damage caused by the Okanogan Complex fire. The Rock Creek picnic area will also remain closed.

Burned-out stumps, fire-weakened trees and concealed pits are dangers that can put recreationists at risk if they venture into these closed campgrounds or other recently burned areas. Distressed and snagged tree areas are especially prone to falling in high winds. Extensive damage to camp structures will likely keep the Rock Creek campground and picnic area closed through next year’s camping season, according to DNR. Pending restoration, Leader Lake may open in early April of next year.

Even though conditions have improved, eastern Washington still has active wildfires. As a result, additional recreation site closures are in place and may change with little notice. Please check for closures before heading out.

Visitors must check at campground entrances or with campground hosts before starting a campfire. See more at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/news/dnr-campground-closures-and-fire-restrictions-continue-ne-washington#sthash.0ZtyrpOp.dpuf