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The Today File

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December 31, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Burn ban in effect on reservations; Darrington ban upgraded to Stage 2

A burn ban is in effect for several Washington Indian reservations and a burn ban in Darrington, Snohomish County, has been upgraded from Stage 1 to Stage 2 because of ongoing concerns about stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called a burn ban for the Stillaguamish, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Tulalip, Puyallup and Yakama reservations, effective Wednesday. EPA burn bans apply to all outdoor burning, including camping and recreational fires. Ceremonial and tradition fires are exempt from the ban.

Snohomish and Pierce counties remain under a Stage 1 burn ban, which prohibits fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves and inserts and outdoor burning.

A ban in Darrington has been upgraded to Stage 2, effective Wednesday, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Under a Stage 2 burn ban, wood burning, including pellet stoves and EPA certified devices, is not allowed. The only exception is if a homeowner has a previously approved “no other adequate source of heat” designation from the Clean Air Agency.

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