With more wildfire smoke from British Columbia moving into our region, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
This ban is in effect until further notice and is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans.
With high pressure pushing more smoke into the Puget Sound area, the agency forecasts levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups through Friday. Calm winds and smoke could settle in daily. Saturday and onward, the area of high pressure should push eastward, bringing the area back to more typical and cleaner air from the Pacific Ocean.
The purpose of the burn ban is to reduce any additional harm to sensitive populations from excess air pollution and is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation for purposes of air quality burn bans.
Children, pregnant women, older adults, and those with heart and breathing problems should avoid physical exertion outdoors. If possible, seek clean, air-conditioned indoor air (e.g. public libraries, “cooling centers”, community and senior centers).
Visit pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status, download a mobile app, and to find other burn ban alert options for the area.
|STAGE 1 BURN BAN|
|No outdoor or recreational burning allowed.|
The only exception to using fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves or inserts, is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ exemption from the Clean Air Agency
Local fire districts do not grant Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane, grills, stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.
Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.