The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is elevating Pierce County to a Stage 2 burn ban to protect residents from worsening air quality,effective at 2 p.m. today.
Overnight, fine particle pollution levels spiked in Pierce County, officials at the Clean Air Agency said, especially in neighborhoods where wood-burning is common. This, combined with a weather forecast of continued cold temperatures and still air, triggers the more protective Stage 2 ban.
During a Stage 2 burn ban:
- No burning is allowed inanywood-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.