January 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM
Burn ban lifted for King County; still in effect for Snohomish, Pierce counties
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency today lifted a burn ban issued earlier this week for King County.
However, a stage 1 burn ban is still in effect for Snohomish and Pierce counties.
During the ban, all wood-burning in indoor and outdoor fireplaces and in uncertified stoves is prohibited and subject to a fine of up to $1,000. Natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves are allowed.
“Pollution levels in Pierce and Snohomish counties remain moderate, and the forecast suggests they would worsen in the next few days without a burn ban,” said agency forecaster Phil Swartzendruber. “Looking ahead, calm, cold, and clear weather conditions will likely continue through the weekend, so ongoing cooperation with the burn ban will help keep our air healthy.”
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