Air quality

Roast chestnuts early; Pierce County burn ban set for Christmas

Staff writerDecember 24, 2013 

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.

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