Burn ban archives for: Snohomish County

EPA lifts bans for reservations in Snohomish and Pierce Counties

EPA Lifts Burn Bans for Indian Reservations in Snohomish and Pierce Counties as of January 11th

(Seattle – January 11, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is lifting its  ban on open burning on the Tulalip, Stillaguamish, Sauk-Suiattle and Puyallup Indian Reservations in Snohomish and Pierce Counties due to improved air quality, effective at 8:00 a.m. on January 11, 2016.

An earlier burn ban remains in effect for the Yakama Nation Reservation in Eastern Washington due to forecasted continuation of adverse weather conditions. 

EPA thanks reservation residents for their cooperation in protecting and maintaining good air quality.

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.

Burn Ban Lifted For Darrington

SEATTLE, WA The Darrington burn ban has been lifted, effective immediately, January 11, 2016. There are no air quality burn bans currently in effect in the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency jurisdiction.

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, and other burn ban alert options for you area.

For more information visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” tab on our Burn Ban Status 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.

Stage 2 Burn Ban Called For Darrington

SEATTLE, WA – Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 2 burn ban for Darrington in Snohomish County, effective at 1 p.m. today, January 10, 2016.

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This ban is in effect until further notice.

Although pollution levels across the Puget Sound region remained “moderate,” air pollution in Darrington rose sharply over night to “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” Since Darrington is located in a small mountain valley, it is often much less windy than the rest of the region, which leads to stagnant air.

We do expect some potential rain and warmer temperatures on Monday for Darrington and the Puget Sound region, which could make this a relatively short burn ban.

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

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 Bans Lifted For Both Snohomish & Pierce Counties

SEATTLE, WA – The Snohomish and Pierce County burn bans have been lifted, effective 12 pm today, January 9, 2016. There are no air quality burn bans currently in effect in the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency jurisdiction.

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Although there may be some pollution spikes tonight, air quality levels are expected to remain below the triggers for burn bans through Sunday evening. A stronger weather front is expected by Monday and should ensure better air quality into early next week.

There is a small chance that we may need to reissue a burn ban tomorrow if pollution levels rise higher than expected this evening.

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, and other burn ban alert options for you area.

For more information visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” tab on our Burn Ban Status 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.