The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has scheduled a Stage 1 burn ban to begin Christmas Day at 5 p.m. for Pierce, King and Snohomish counties
The agency cited increasingly stagnant air and building pollution as the reason for the ban.
During a Stage 1 burn ban:
* No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home’s only adequate source of heat.
* No outdoor fires are allowed. That 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, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban, according to the agency's website.