|Puget Sound Clean Air Burn Ban Lifted-King County Fire Safety Burn Ban Still in Effect|
|By Administration Raechel Ehlers|
|August 11, 2017|
BURN BANS LIFTED FOR KING, KITSAP, PIERCE, AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES
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 www.pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status, download our mobile app, and other burn ban alert options for you area.
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;
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