Burn ban archives for: Pierce County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 5, 2017

BURN BANS LIFTED FOR KING, KITSAP, PIERCE, AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES

No Air Quality Burn Bans In Effect

SEATTLE, WA – The burn ban is lifted in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties as of today, August 5, 2017.  Effective immediately, there no air quality burn bans currently in effect in the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency jurisdiction.

Fire safety burn bans are still in effect! Contact your county fire marshal for more information.

The Puget Sound has returned to mostly GOOD and MODERATE air quality due to shifting winds bringing cleaner air at the surface (breathing level). We expect this weather pattern, and GOOD and MODERATE air quality, to continue through the weekend and into next week.

While the regional air quality has improved substantially, there are still some local issues and longer term issues that we will continue to monitor. Smaller wildfires near Darrington have raised the pollution levels to near Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Also, ozone levels in the Cascade foothills have been elevated and may reach Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in the afternoon for the next several days.

Looking ahead, significant amounts of wildfire smoke may remain in the region at higher altitudes although the surface air (breathing level) has improved substantially. Haze is likely to be visible, and it possible that we may see isolated, localized pollution spikes within the next week.

We will continue to monitor the conditions closely and send out updates as needed. We thank everyone for not burning not during this ban. 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, and other burn ban alert options for you area.

For more information:

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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.

Stage 1 Burn Ban Continues For King, Kitsap, Pierce, & Snohomish Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 3, 2017

STAGE 1 BURN BAN CONTINUES FOR KING, KITSAP, PIERCE, & SNOHOMISH COUNTIES

All outdoor burning is prohibited until air quality improves

Significant wildfire smoke from British Columbia remains in our region, and is expected through Friday. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is continuing a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

This ban is in effect until further notice and is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans.

With winds from British Columbia moving wildfire smoke into our region, air pollution levels have become UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS and UNHEALTHY in many parts of Puget Sound.  We expect these conditions to continue at least through Friday and possibly longer.

The purpose of the burn ban is to reduce any additional harm to sensitive populations and the general public from excess air pollution, in addition to existing fire safety burn bans. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation for purposes of air quality burn bans.

No outdoor burning during a Stage 1 air quality burn ban including:

  • No charcoal barbeques or similar solid fuel devices
  • No fire pits, chimineas, fire bowls, or similar free-standing devices
  • No campfires or bonfires
  • No fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts*
  • No agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit)
  • Local fire districts do not grant Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands during air quality burn bans.

It is OK to use natural gas and propane grills, stoves, or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

* The only exception to using fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves or inserts, is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ exemption from the Clean Air Agency

Everyone, and especially children, pregnant women, older adults, and those with heart and breathing problems should avoid physical exertion outdoors.  If possible, seek clean, air-conditioned indoor air  (e.g. public libraries, “cooling centers”,  community and senior centers).

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 and:

  • Download our free mobile app “Burn Ban 411
  • Find out what other alerts might be available in the area

For more information:

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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.

 

Air Quality Burn Ban Called For King, Kitsap, Pierce & Snohomish Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2017

STAGE 1 AIR QUALITY BURN BAN CALLED FOR KING, KITSAP, PIERCE, & SNOHOMISH COUNTIES

All outdoor burning is prohibited until air quality improves

SEATTLE, WA – With the wildfire smoke from British Columbia in our region, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, effective at 4 PM today, August 2, 2017.

This ban is in effect until further notice and is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans.

With winds from British Columbia moving wildfire smoke into our area, air pollution levels have become UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in many parts of the Puget Sound region. We expect this pattern to continue at least through Friday and possibly longer.

The purpose of the burn ban is to reduce any additional harm to sensitive populations from excess air pollution and is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation for purposes of air quality burn bans.

No outdoor burning during a Stage 1 air quality burn ban including:
• No charcoal barbeques
• No fire pits, chimineas, fire bowls, or similar free-standing devices
• No campfires or bonfires
• No fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts*
• No agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit)
• Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands are not granted from the local fire district during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

* The only exception to using fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves or inserts, is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ exemption from the Clean Air Agency

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 and:
• Download our free mobile app “Burn Ban 411”
• Find out what other alerts might be available in the area

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.

Pierce County Fire Safety Burn Ban effective July 15, 2017

COUNTY-WIDE OUTDOOR BURN BAN

EFFECTIVE 8:00 AM

SATURDAY – JULY 15, 2017

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

All land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued at this time because a county-wide outdoor burn ban is declared by the Pierce County Fire Marshal in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, Department of Natural Resources. This ban is due to dry weather and forecasts calling for a continuation of dry weather.

This burn ban applies to all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning. This ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner’s permission.  The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban.

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 like hand tools and a charged garden hose or not less than two 5 gallon buckets of water;

No burning when winds exceed 5 MPH.

This ban only applies to residents in unincorporated Pierce County.  For residents of incorporated Pierce County cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.

If you have an approved DNR burn permit and/or your property falls under the jurisdiction of the department of Natural resources you are advised to call 1-800-323-BURN for more information.

Burn Ban hotline (253) 798-7278.  Thank you for your cooperation.