Stage 1 Burn Ban in effect for King County
January 3, 2011 · 2:53 PM
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has a Stage 1 burn ban for King and Kitsap Counties. These bans are in effect until further notice.
Air pollution levels continue to rise and stagnant weather conditions are forecasted to continue into the week.
During a Stage 1 burn ban:
No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves or inserts, unless this is your only adequate source of heat. 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.
No visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period – and even if it is the only adequate source of heat. Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.