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The Today File

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November 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

King County joins Pierce on burn ban, agency lifts it in Snohomish

Due to continued weather conditions and air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for King County.

Pierce Country remains on a Stage 2 ban, but restrictions were lifted in Snohomish County on Wednesday at noon.

The burn bans in King and Pierce counties will be lifted at 6 a.m. on Thursday, the agency said in a release.

A weather front moving into the area should bring enough rain and wind to clear the air and reduce pollution levels, the agency said.

For a list of all burn bans in the state, visit waburnbans.net.

During a Stage 2 ban:

  • No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. 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 the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency.
  • 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.

 

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