STAGE 1 BURN BAN CALLED FOR KING, KITSAP, PIERCE, &
All outdoor burning is prohibited until air quality improves
With the wildfire smoke from British Columbia in our region, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, effective at 4 PM today, August 2, 2017.
This ban is in effect until further notice and is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans.
With winds from British Columbia moving wildfire smoke into our area, air pollution levels have become UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in many parts of the Puget Sound region. We expect this pattern to continue at least through Friday and possibly longer.
The purpose of the burn ban is to reduce any additional harm to sensitive populations from excess air pollution, 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.
Visit pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status, download our mobile app, and to find other burn ban alert options for your area.
STAGE 1 BURN BAN
No outdoor or recreational burning allowed.
Fire pits, chimineas, fire bowls, or similar free-
Campfires or bonfires
Fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts*
Agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit)
* 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
Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands are not granted from the local fire district during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban. Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit their time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).