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January 2, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Snohomish, Pierce counties’ burn bans downgraded to Stage 1

The burn bans in Snohomish and Pierce counties have returned to a Stage 1 ban after being upgraded Thursday amid concern about rising pollution levels.

Snohomish, Pierce and King counties are now all under a Stage 1 ban, effective until further notice, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The burn ban in Darrington has also been downgraded to Stage 1.

No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely on furnaces 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.

The Stage 1 ban prohibits the same type of burning as a Stage 2 ban, but allows pellet stoves and Environmental Protection Agency-certified devices.

Burn-ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty, according to the Clean Air Agency.

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