The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has stepped up the burn ban for Pierce and Snohomish counties.
The agency called for a Stage 2 burn ban starting at 11 a.m. today because of the continued chilly temperatures and rising air pollution. Thurston County also is under a Stage 2 burn ban.
A Stage 1 burn ban remains in effect in King and Kitsap counties.
Under a Stage 2 ban,
- No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet 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.
Residents can still use natural gas and propane stoves and inserts.