Expanded burn ban implemented in Pierce County

A burn ban in Pierce County was elevated Monday to Stage 2, meaning no burning allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts.

People should instead use furnaces or electric baseboard heaters, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

The only exception is if the homeowner has an approved designation from the Clean Air Agency that they have no other adequate source of heat.

The ban, which went into effect at noon, will remain in place until further notice. The agency initially implemented a Stage 1 burn ban Nov. 15.

The agency raised the ban to Stage 2 because of “stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution.”

The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce air pollution often caused by excessive wood smoke. As temperatures remain low in Pierce County, the agency said it expects more people to use fire to warm their homes.

Also banned are outdoor fires, including bonfires, campfires and fire pits.

Violations can be a $1,000 penalty.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653