UPDATE: Stage 1 burn ban lifted for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties


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UPDATE 12/26/13 12:55 p.m.: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted the Stage 1 air quality burn bans for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties as of 11 a.m., so you can light that Yule Log back up

“The Clean Air Agency appreciates the public’s cooperation with the burn ban and encourages people to check current air quality and burn ban status before they burn,” reads an announcement. “Conditions can change quickly this time of year.”

PREVIOUSLY:

You’ll have until 5 p.m. Christmas Day to burn your Yule Log – after that, a Stage 1 burn ban kicks in for King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

This ban remains in effect until further notice.

“We need to keep our air healthy every day of the year, including holidays,” said Craig Kenworthy, Executive Director of the Clean Air Agency. ”Stagnant conditions over the next few days are expected to cause pollution levels to exceed federal air quality standards and become unhealthy.”

During a Stage 1 burn ban:

  • 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.

It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).

The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency staff will continue to monitor the situation.

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