Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifts King County burn ban

January 4, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 4, 2011

Light up the fireplace to chase away the chill — the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifts the King County burn ban at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency meteorologists said air quality should improve as a weather system pushes into the region Tuesday.

The agency issued the Stage 1 burn ban Monday due to increasing air pollution and forecasted stagnant weather conditions.

Such a ban prohibits burning in fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves or inserts, unless residents lack another adequate source of heat. No visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace — certified or not — beyond a 20-minute start-up period, and even if the fireplace or wood stove is the only adequate source of heat.

Residents should instead rely on a cleaner source of heat, such as a furnace or electric baseboard heater, until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifts the ban.

The ban also prohibits outdoor fires, bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas in all areas.

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