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Burn ban in Pierce County raised again to Stage 2

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:47 am |
January 17, 2013 11:47 am

A burn ban in Pierce County is again on the move.

Due to cold weather and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced today they will be raising the burn ban back to Stage 2 until further notice.

“Pollution levels in Pierce County spiked overnight and reached unhealthy for sensitive groups,”  Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster, said. “We expect cold, stagnant conditions for at least the next few days so are raising the ban to Stage 2 to protect Pierce County communities from worsening air quality.”

The agency lowered the ban to Stage 1 on Tuesday.

During a Stage 2 burn 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.
  • 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.
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