Stage 1 burn ban for King county

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Due to sustained stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is calling a Stage 1 burn ban for King County.

This ban is in effect until further notice.

Air quality continues to deteriorate across the Puget Sound region. A high pressure system remains over Western Washington, causing cold and calm weather conditions and preventing wind from blowing away air pollution.

The high pressure system is expected to stay in place for the next couple of days, causing similar weather conditions, and potentially deteriorating air quality, through early next week.

The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation.

During a Stage 1 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. 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.
  • The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ exemption from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
  • 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.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit 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).

You can check the current burn ban status here.

The ban is also in effect for Pierce and Snohomish counties.


Anonymous,  December 10, 2017 at 7:25 PM  

Ok folks. This is real. No fires! Thank you. Your neighbor with kids who have asthma.

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