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Tougher state law means more Puget Sound burn bans

Tougher state law means more Puget Sound burn bans
SEATTLE (AP) - Air quality officials say Puget Sound residents who burn wood in their homes should expect more burn bans this winter as a tougher state law goes into effect.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says the burns bans will be called at lower pollution levels than in previous years to protect public health. The bans are expected to be longer and more frequent.

When a level 2 burn ban is called, those who burn wood to heat their homes will be asked to stop using all wood- and pellet-stoves, even those that are certified. Those who heat exclusively with wood are exempt.

Violators may face a $1,000 fine.

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