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November 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Burn ban issued for Pierce, Snohomish counties

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Pierce and Snohomish counties on Wednesday, effective until air quality improves.

The temporary ban is a result of air pollution caused by stagnant air, the agency said in an announcement.

The ban prohibits all outdoor burning and the use of wood-burning fireplaces or uncertified  fireplace inserts unless they are the only source of adequate heat. Burning must not generate visible smoke.

Pollution is expected to worsen throughout the Puget Sound area over the next few days, particularly in Pierce and Snohomish counties, where wood burning is more common, and pollution could reach levels unhealthy for sensitive people.

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