Stage 1 burn ban issued for King, Pierce, Snohomish counties

Stage 1 burn ban issued for King, Pierce, Snohomish counties
SEATTLE - A Stage 1 burn ban has been issued for King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, effective at 5 p.m. Christmas Day. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued the alert because of increasingly stagnant weather conditions.

On December 25, residents are asked not to burn anything in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves until the ban is lifted. Outdoor fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits of chiminaes are not allowed either. Natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves are okay for use.

"We need to keep our air healthy every day of the year, including holidays, " said Craig Kenworthy, Executive Director of the Clean Air Agency. "Stagnant conditions over the next few days are expected to cause pollution levels to exceed federal air quality standards and become unhealthy."

Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 fine.