STAGE 1 BURN BAN CALLED FOR KING, KITSAP, PIERCE, & SNOHOMISH COUNTIES
All outdoor burning is prohibited until air quality improves
With more wildfire smoke from British Columbia moving into 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 2 PM today, August 8, 2017.
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, we forecast levels that are UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS through Friday. We expect calm winds and smoke to settle daily. Saturday and onward, the area of high pressure should push eastward, bringing us back our 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 our mobile app, and to find other burn ban alert options for your area.