Burn ban expands to four counties
Baby, it’s cold outside, and you want to keep nice and warm inside, possibly by lighting a nice, toasty fire. If your wood burning fireplace is your only source of heat, you can use it, provided it creates no visible smoke. Everyone else? At least through Saturday and possibly longer, the Puget Sound Clear Air Agency has issued a Stage 2 burning ban for King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties which means:
-No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves, unless this is your only adequate source of heat. 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
-Even if your fireplace, pellet stove, or wood stove is your only adequate source of heat, no visible smoke is allowed.
-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.
You can still use your natural gas and propane inserts during this ban.
To check on the status of the ban, visit the PSCAA’s website.