The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is calling for a Stage 1 burn ban to start today in Pierce County.
The ban is scheduled to take effect at noon and will be in place until further notice.
“High pressure has been building over the Puget Sound region, resulting in very cold and stagnant weather conditions,” the agency said in a press release. “Air pollution is building up in Pierce County, especially in communities where residential wood burning is common.”
Under 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. It also includes burning yard waste and storm debris. Pierce County is providing FREE storm debris disposal options. For information go here.
Anyone caught violating the ban is subject to a $1,000 fine.
It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts.