The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 2 burn ban today for King, Kitsap and Pierce counties.
The ban, the first of the winter heating season, took effect at 10 a.m. A Stage 2 burn ban that took effect Tuesday in Snohomish County remains in place. The stable weather conditions and elevated air pollution levels prompted the burn ban, the agency reported.
“Stable weather conditions, combined with heavy use of wood-burning devices in our region, have created pollution levels that are unhealthy for sensitive group populations (the very young, elderly and those individuals with heart and lung ailments),” the agency announced in a press release.
The goal of the burn ban is to quickly reduce wood smoke emissions.
The ban could be in effect until Saturday.
Under a Stage 2 burn ban:
- No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves, unless this is your only adequate source of heat. 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.
- Even if your fireplace, pellet stove, or wood stove is your only adequate source of heat, no visible smoke is allowed.
- 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.
The Clean Air Agency said it is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves during the burn ban.