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Puget Sound Clean Air Burn Ban Lifted-King County Fire Safety Burn Ban Still in Effect
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By Administration Raechel Ehlers
August 11, 2017


No Air Quality Burn Bans In Effect

SEATTLE, WA – The burn ban is lifted in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties as of today, August 11, 2017 at 2:00pm. Effective immediately, there no air quality burn bans currently in effect in the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency jurisdiction.

Fire safety burn bans are still in effect! Contact your county fire marshal for more information.

The Puget Sound has returned to mostly GOOD and MODERATE air quality due to shifting winds bringing cleaner air at the surface (breathing level). We expect this weather pattern, and GOOD and MODERATE air quality, to continue through the weekend and into next week.

While the regional air quality has improved substantially, there are still some local issues and longer term issues that we will continue to monitor. Smaller wildfires near Darrington have raised the pollution levels to near Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Also, ozone levels in the Cascade foothills have been elevated and may reach Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in the afternoon for the next several days.

Looking ahead, significant amounts of wildfire smoke may remain in the region at higher altitudes although the surface air (breathing level) has improved substantially. Haze is likely to be visible, and it possible that we may see isolated, localized pollution spikes within the next week.

We will continue to monitor the conditions closely and send out updates as needed. We thank everyone for not burning not during this ban. Children, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory health issues especially benefit from your efforts.

Visit to view the current burn ban status, download our mobile app, and other burn ban alert options for you area.

From VIFR-
A BURN BAN IS IN EFFECT- Even if you have a permit, do not burn beyond the conditions described here until reopened.

The King County Fire Marshall has invoked a fire safety burn ban. During the current burn ban, the only outdoor fires allowed are small (maximum 3' x 3') recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner's permission, which must:

be built in a metal or concrete fire pit such as those typically found in designated campgrounds, and may not be used for debris disposal;
be located in a clear spot free of any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure, and allow 20 foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.
Even if you have a permit, no other outdoor burning is allowed.

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