Burn ban archives for: Snohomish County

Stage 1 Burn Ban Called for Snohomish County


November 25, 2015


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

November 25, 2015, SEATTLE, WA – Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County, effective at 4 PM today, November 25th

This ban is in effect until further notice.

The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air, usually due to excessive wood smoke. With cold, calm weather setting up tonight through the weekend, we expect air pollution to reach levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups in Snohomish County.  At this point, we don’t expect a break from this pattern until early next week.

We are closely watching pollution levels in the greater Pierce County area and may extend the burn ban to include that area and tomorrow or Friday.

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.

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).

You can download our free app: Burn Ban 411, for up to date information on burn bans throughout the Puget Sound area.  Visit our Burn Ban Status page and click the Mobile App tab for more information.

Pierce County and Darrington residents can text “PIERCEBURN” or “Darrington” to 313131 to receive text messages on burn ban status.

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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.

Source: http://www.pscleanair.org/news

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

Snohomish County Burn Ban lifted as of 9/25/15 at 8am


Planning & Development Services

Office of the County Fire Marshal

PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN                                                        

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       

DATE OF RELEASE:        September 24, 2015



Effective Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8am the burn ban is lifted for all of the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County.  

This means that those individuals who have a current residential burn permit for yard debris will now be allowed to burn.  The burn pile must not exceed 4’ x 4’ x 3’.  Recreational fires are allowed in approved fire pits without a burn permit.  However, the fire pit must be constructed of a noncombustible material such as concrete or metal, and shall be a minimum of 15 feet from structures.  A recreational fire by definition is a cooking fire or campfire using charcoal or firewood.  These fires may not be greater than three feet in diameter and/or two feet in height.  Water must also be immediately available

If you reside within an incorporated city or town, or within an urban growth area, in Snohomish County, please contact your city fire department for burn restriction information.

We continue to ask you to use caution this time of year and if you have any additional questions please contact your local fire agency.  Please contact our Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

Thank you

Campfires allowed in official campgrounds on western Washington lands protected by DNR

Date Effective: September 5, 2015
Applicability (Where): Department of Natural Resources (DNR) protected lands in western Washington


What’s Allowed

  1. Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds on forest lands west of the Cascade Mountains crest within the state of Washington under DNR fire protection.
  2. DNR approved prescribed fire for ecological purposes, when such purposes can be accomplished successfully only by prescribed fire during the period of time from September 5, 2015 through September 30, 2015, to be considered and authorized only by signature of the Commissioner of Public Lands.
  3. In rare or unforeseen circumstances, exceptions may be considered and authorized only by signature of the Commissioner of Public Lands.

Source: http://wa-dnr.s3.amazonaws.com/publications/em_CPL_Burn_Ban_partial_lift.pdf