The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted a burn ban in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties Monday morning. The ban had been put into effect Sunday morning because of stagnant weather conditions and increasing levels of air pollution.
The ban prohibited the use of fireplaces and uncertified woodstoves in all three counties. In addition, the use of pellet stoves and certified woodstoves is prohibited in Snohomish County where the ban is categorized as a Stage 2 ban.
The agency had noted that putting the ban into effect during the cold weather had been a difficult decision.
“Calling a burn ban when it’s this cold out is not something we want to do, or that we take lightly,” Craig Kenworthy, the executive director of the agency, wrote in a news statement released Sunday. “People in our region have already been exposed to high levels of fine particle pollution a number of times this year. We’re asking people to use another source of heat for what we hope is a short time.”
The ban did not apply to those who depend on a wood-burning device as their only source of heat, according to the agency.