A Stage 1 burn ban is in effect for Pierce and Snohomish counties as of 5 p.m. Dec. 29 until further notice, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
Cold and stagnant weather expected to last through the week may cause a build-up of air pollution, which could reach unhealthy levels for some groups.
Places where wood burning is common could be particularly affected.
Air pollution is particularly harmful to children, adults over age 65, diabetics, and people with heart and lung problems, according to the agency.
People sensitive to the pollution should limit time outside, particularly while exercising, the agency says.
From the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban notice:
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 chimineas.
• Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.