Burn ban announced for Pierce and Snohomish counties

Staff writerJanuary 26, 2014 

A burn ban for Pierce and Snohomish counties due to stagnant weather started noon Sunday, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said.

It's a stage 1 ban, which means until further notice, no fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves may be used. An exception is allowed if a wood stove is the only sufficient source of heat in a home.

The ban is meant to limit the amount of pollution in the air from wood smoke.

The agency expected the cold temperatures, clear skies and minimal wind causing the ban to continue Sunday night.

Natural gas, propane, pellet, and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts are OK to use during a stage 1 ban.

According to the agency's release describing the restrictions:

• No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood 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.


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