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Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Stage 1 Burn Ban Called For Snohomish County, Continues For Greater Pierce County

December 12, 2017

Due to sustained stagnant weather conditions and air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is calling a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County effective 2 PM today, December 12th, and continuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Greater Pierce* County. The Town of Darrington is not included in this burn ban.

This ban is in effect until further notice.

High pressure continues to cause little air mixing and elevated air pollution levels in our region, especially in Snohomish and Pierce Counties. We expect a cold front late Thursday night or early Friday morning to bring us back to our more typical GOOD air quality for the weekend and into early next week.

Thanks to the strong inversion, Darrington has been experiencing warmer temperatures at their higher elevation, and the ban excludes Darrington at this point.

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.

* 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.

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’ exemption from the Puget Sound 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).

Visit pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status.

Text Alerts:

Sign up for text alerts by sending the text 313131 with one of these keywords:

  • PIERCEBURN for all of Pierce County
  • PENINSULA for the Pierce Peninsula
  • SOUTHPIERCE for South Pierce County
  • DARRINGTON for Town of Darrington

For more information visit:

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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 CALLED FOR GREATER PIERCE* & SNOHOMISH COUNTIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2017

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 and Greater Pierce County, effective 2 PM, December 8, 2017.

This ban is in effect until further notice.

A high pressure system over our region is keeping our weather clear and calm. Pollution levels are building due to residential wood burning and a lack of wind to blow the pollution away. We expect the high pressure system to continue to trap pollution at the ground level through Monday, and potentially further into the next week.

The National Weather Service has issued an Air Stagnation Advisory through Monday, although the advisory may be extended further in to next week. The forecast shows periods where wind speeds are may speed up occasionally, but we don’t expect these periods of wind to significantly improve air quality.

* 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’ exemption from the Puget Sound 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).

Visit pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status.

Text Alerts:

Sign up for text alerts by sending the text 313131 with one of these keywords:

  • PIERCEBURN for all of Pierce County
  • PENINSULA for the Pierce Peninsula
  • SOUTHPIERCE for South Pierce County
  • DARRINGTON for Town of Darrignton

For more information visit:

# # #

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 Bans Lifted For King, Kitsap, Pierce, And Snohomish Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 11, 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 11, 2017.  Effective 2 PM, there are 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.

Smoke levels have reduced to MODERATE or GOOD in most areas now.  Winds have reversed, and we expect the British Columbia wildfire smoke to blow east again for the next couple weeks.  That means we return to our more typical summertime GOOD air quality.

The BC wildfires aren’t expected to stop until the fall rains come, so another high pressure ridge could return the smoke.  But thankfully, the 2-week outlook continues to keep smoke away from Puget Sound.

The fire near Darrington is contained, but still smoldering.  As a result, we may still see smoke levels that are MODERATE or even UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS there when the winds come from the NE.

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 Called For King, Kitsap, Pierce, & Snohomish Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 8, 2017

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

All outdoor burning is prohibited until air quality improves

SEATTLE, WA – With more wildfire smoke from British Columbia moving into 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 2 PM today, August 8, 2017.

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

With high pressure pushing more smoke into the Puget Sound area, we forecast levels that are UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS through Friday.  We expect calm winds and smoke to settle daily.  Saturday and onward, the area of high pressure should push eastward, bringing us back our more typical and cleaner air from the Pacific Ocean.

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.

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).

No 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

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:

# # #

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.