Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for Pierce County.
The Stage 2 burn ban for Snohomish county remains in effect.
Clear skies, cool temperatures and calm winds are forecast to persist in Pierce and Snohomish County and the bans will remain in effect until further notice.
Visit waburnbans.net for a list of all burn bans in the state.
The Environmental Protection Agency has called a burn ban for several Indian reservations as well, according to an EPA release.
A burn ban is in effect for these reservations: The Stillaguamish, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Chehalis, Tulalip and Puyallup reservations west of the Cascades; the Spokane, Colville and Yakama reservations east of the Cascades.
The reservation burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning, including camping and recreational fires within reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the outdoor burn ban. The EPA requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution, including excess driving and idling of vehicles and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces, unless it is your only source of heat.
For current burn ban status on reservations, call 1-800-424-4EPA and ask for the FARR Hotline or visit the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) website at www.epa.gov/r10earth/FARR.htm
During a Stage 2 burn 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.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.
The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).