King County burn ban ends as air quality improves

January 16, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Jan. 16, 2013

Improving air quality led the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to lift a burn ban in King County at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The agency issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises — or is forecast to reach — unhealthy levels.

Meanwhile, a Stage 1 burn ban remains in effect for Pierce and Snohomish counties.

During a Stage 1 burn ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should rely instead on other, cleaner heat sources, such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters, for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

The ban also encompasses outdoor fires, including bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

During a Stage 2 burn ban, no burning is allowed in any fireplace, pellet stove or wood stove — certified or not — unless it is a resident’s only adequate heat source.

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