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Tag: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency


Stage 2 burn ban issued for Pierce County

An air quality burn ban went into effect at noon for Pierce, King and Snohomish counties until further notice, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Forecasters expect cold, dry, stagnant weather to last into the week, according to the agency.

During a Stage 2 burn ban no burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace inserts or pellet stoves.

The only exception is if a wood stove is the only adequate source of heat for a home. Outdoor fires are also prohibited.

Violations can result in a $1,000 penalty.

Use of natural gas and propane stoves or

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Stage 1 burn ban in effect for Pierce County

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

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Pierce County burn ban in effect as of 1 p.m. due to air quality

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Pierce County effective 1 p.m. today until further notice, due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution.

No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves during the ban.

However, wood stoves are allowed to be used if they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Otherwise, residents must use cleaner sources of heat, such as furnaces or electric baseboard heaters.

Outdoor burning is also prohibited, such as bonfires or the use of fire pits.

Natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or

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