A Stage 1 burn ban took effect for Snohomish and Pierce counties effective at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued the burn ban because of developing stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution. The ban reduces the amount of pollution from excessive wood smoke.
No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely on furnace or electric baseboard heaters until the ban is canceled, with the only exception being if the homeowner has a previously approved “no other adequate source of heat” designation. Gas and propane stoves or inserts are allowed.
Outdoor fires, including bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas, are banned.
Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty, according to the Clean Air Agency.