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Burn ban lowered to Stage 1 in Pierce, King counties

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm with No Comments »
January 15, 2013 12:04 pm

The burn ban in place for Pierce, King and Snohomish counties has been lowered to a Stage 1 burn ban, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

“Air pollution levels throughout the region have dropped, likely due to clouds and warmer temperatures,” forecaster Phil Swartzendruber said. “The drop in pollution could also be due to the help of our communities following the burn ban.”

The ban is in effect until further notice.

With a Stage 1 ban, burning is not allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should instead rely on heating sources such as a furnace or electric baseboard heater. Outdoor fires are also banned.

Violators are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

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