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January 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Burn bans lifted in King, Snohomish counties; Pierce County ban still in effect

The burn ban in King and  Snohomish counties will be lifted effective 1 p.m. today, says the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

However, a Stage 1 burn ban remains in effect for Pierce County.

“We are lifting the burn bans in King and Snohomish counties because winds are picking up and temperatures are warming,” said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster in a news release.

“But Pierce County is still under the influence of cold and calm conditions, which could cause pollution to build up in areas where wood-burning is common. We need to keep a Stage 1 burn ban in effect to protect air quality in those communities.”

The following must be observed under 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).
  • No outdoor fires are allowed.
  • It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

People who violate the burn ban can face a $1,000 penalty, according to the clean air agency news release.

 

 

Comments | Topics: Burn ban, King County, Pierce County

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