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Burn ban begins tonight in Pierce, Snohomish counties

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm with 5 Comments »
November 30, 2011 1:38 pm

A burn ban will go into effect this evening in Pierce and Snohomish counties because of rising air pollution levels and the stagnant weather conditions that are in the forecast.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued the Stage 1 ban this afternoon. The ban, the first of the cold-weather season in the region, begins at 5 p.m. and will be in effect until further notice.

“A large ridge of high pressure off the Pacific Coast is expected to bring cold evenings and poor ventilation to the Pacific Northwest for the next several days,” the agency reported in announcing the burn ban. “Pollution levels are expected to rise throughout the Puget Sound region, but especially in Pierce and Snohomish county communities where residential wood burning is common.”

The agency added that air pollution levels could reach “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves during a Stage 1 burn ban. In addition, no outdoor fires are allowed. Violators face a $1,000 fine.

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  1. Wrapper98439 says:

    We had rain last night. The burn ban is nothing more than an endorsement for the gas and electric companies that the people making theses decisions own stock in.

  2. PolarBear53 says:

    What wasn’t added is : if wood is your only source of heat you’re allowed to burn.

  3. tacomasocrates says:

    bunch of left wing drivel as soon as i get home im going to start a nice toasty fire

  4. “Left wing drivel” “Junk science” … you never hear educated people talk in these terms. Do yourself a favor and learn about how localized wind patterns congest fine particulates from inefficient word burning stoves/fire pits in east/south Pierce County to Tacoma/Commencement Bay.

    Tacoma is classified as a ‘non-attainment zone’ by the EPA for particulates because we have much higher levels than what is considered safe. These can be measured, the effects are well-studied. I wish people would resist the urge to flail wildly to the ‘right’ of a political position when science-based policy is presented. If you have additional evidence that conflicts with the reasons for the ban, you should enlighten us.

  5. thebestofthebest says:

    “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”


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