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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Stage 1 Burn Ban into Effect; All Outdoor Burning Prohibited

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The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 Air Quality Burn Ban effective immediately. Smoke from the British Columbia wildfires has now made air quality “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” according to the Clean Air Agency.

During a Stage 1 ban, outdoor burning is prohibited, including charcoal barbeques, campfires/bonfires, fire pits, chimineas, fire bowls or similar free-standing devices. It is acceptable to use natural gas and propane grills, stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

The purpose of the burn ban is to reduce any additional harm to sensitive populations from excess air pollution. This is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans issued by Eastside Fire.

Children, pregnant women, older adults and those with heart and breathing problems are especially at risk.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that anyone who is sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse.

Calm winds are forecasted starting Saturday and smoke is expected to settle daily, bringing back the more typical and cleaner air from the Pacific Ocean. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation.

For more information, go to King County Emergency News.
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