Citing worsening air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban for King and Snohomish counties Sunday that prohibits burning in fireplaces or non-certified woodstoves unless they are the home’s only adequate source of heat.
Natural and propane gas stoves are exempt.
Outdoor fires are also banned, including bonfires, campfires, fire pits and chimineas.
A burn ban with similar restrictions remains in place in Pierce County.
Violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing and make lung and heart problems worse. It is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children and adults over age 65.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Health recommend that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors.