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UPDATED: Burn ban to take effect later today

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 11, 2012 at 11:09 am with No Comments »
January 11, 2012 12:48 pm

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has called for a Stage 1 burn ban in Pierce, King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties starting at 4 p.m. today.

A burn ban also will take effect in Thurston County at the same time.

Under the ban, the use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited.

“High pressure over the Puget Sound region will bring cold temperatures and calm winds,” a press release states. “Air quality is expected to deteriorate at least through Friday, especially in communities where residential wood burning is common.”

According to the agency, 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 chimneys.
  • Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

Residents can use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during the ban.

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