Because of cold weather and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced Thursday it is changing Pierce County’s burn ban back to the more restrictive Stage 2 until further notice.
“Pollution levels in Pierce County spiked overnight and reached unhealthy for sensitive groups,” said Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. “We expect cold, stagnant conditions for at least the next few days, so we are raising the ban to Stage 2 to protect Pierce County communities from worsening air quality.”
The agency lowered the ban to Stage 1 Tuesday.
Under a Stage 2 ban, no burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace inserts or pellet stoves. The only exception is if a wood stove is the only adequate source of heat for a home. Outdoor fires also are prohibited.stacia.glenn@ thenewstribune.com