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January 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Burn ban for King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap counties

A stage 1 burn ban has been issued for King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties, effective at 4 p.m. today, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

That means the use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves.

Air quality is expected to deteriorate at least through Friday, especially in communities where residential wood burning is common.

According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, during a Stage 1 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. 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 canceled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home’s only adequate source of heat.
  • 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, propane, pellet and EPA certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

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