‘Stagnant weather’ brings Stage 1 burn ban for King County

Our area and the rest of King County is now under a Stage 1 burn ban, announced by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency because of “stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution,” expected to continue at least until tomorrow. Here’s what a Stage 1 burn ban means:

* 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’ designation from the 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.

We’ll publish an update whenever the burn ban is lifted.

4 Replies to "'Stagnant weather' brings Stage 1 burn ban for King County"

  • Highly entertained January 1, 2015 (2:28 pm)

    Bum Bands are pretty rare around these parts, thank goodness!
    WSB thanks for the good laugh this morning ;)

    • WSB January 1, 2015 (2:32 pm)

      Hi, where did you see a typo? While we had one on another story this morning in the sidebar list, I haven’t changed this one at all and am not seeing it, nor on social media – TR

  • M January 1, 2015 (2:44 pm)

    Frustrating that no one here on Vashon will actually adhere to the ban (and I’ve never heard of enforcement). Air is thick with stagnant smoke. Burn on…

  • Eddie January 1, 2015 (5:13 pm)

    On my iPhone the title does look like bum ban.

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