Air quality

Burn ban lifted for Pierce County

Staff writerNovember 29, 2013 

stale air

In this 2011 file photo, Kyra Rhoads walks with "Jedda" along Ruston Way. Earlier in the week that year, stagnant weather conditions and elevated air-pollution levels led the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to announce an extension of the Stage 1 burn ban.

JANET JENSEN — Staff photographer

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Friday lifted the burn ban that had been in place for Pierce County for nearly a week.

A return to wetter, breezier weather means the ban no longer will be necessary, the agency reported.

"We expect some scattered morning showers and evening showers to keep pollution down," agency spokeswoman Kit McGurn said in a news release. "Saturday, with the arrival of a strong front, we will be returning to more typical Pacific Northwest winter patterns of rain and wind."

The agency instituted the ban after stagnant air contributed to increased air pollution in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.

The ban prohibited the use of wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace inserts and pellet stoves. That included both certified and non-certified fireplaces or stoves.

The only exception was if a wood stove is a home's only adequate source of heat.

The ban also prohibited outdoor fires.

Violators were subject to a $1,000 penalty.


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