Burn ban in effect for King, Snohomish, Pierce counties

Burn ban in effect for King, Snohomish, Pierce counties

Burn ban in effect for King, Snohomish, Pierce counties

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 1:32 PM

Due to continuing stagnant weather conditions and additional increases in air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 burn ban for King County. The Snohomish County burn ban has been elevated to Stage 2. A Stage 1 ban continues in Pierce County.

“Calling a burn ban when it’s this cold out is not something we want to do, or that we take lightly” commented Craig Kenworthy, Executive Director of the Clean Air Agency. “People in our region have already been exposed to high levels of fine particle pollution a number of times this year. We’re asking people to use another source of heat for what we hope is a short time.”

During a Stage 1 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. 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 cancelled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home’s only adequate source of heat.
  • 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’s OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

During a Stage 2 burn ban:
 

  • No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves. 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 cancelled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home's only adequate source of heat.
  • 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.

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