Burn bans lifted for Snohomish and King Counties
January 21, 2013 · 12:20 PM
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lifting the air quality burn bans in King and Snohomish counties, effective at 1 p.m. today. A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Pierce County until further notice.
"We are lifting the burn bans in King and Snohomish counties because winds are picking up and temperatures are warming," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. "But Pierce County is still under the influence of cold and calm conditions, which could cause pollution to build up in areas where wood-burning is common. We need to keep a Stage 1 burn ban in effect to protect air quality in those communities."
"We encourage everyone who doesn't rely on wood heat to use instead their home's cleaner source of heat until weather conditions change."
Clean Air Agency staff follow a protocol set by state law to determine when and where to issue a burn ban, and when to lift a burn ban.