Snohomish County burn ban lifted

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Changes in weather patterns have helped clear out accumulating pollution from Snohomish County, eliminating the need for a burn ban here.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency anticipates air quality will improve tomorrow in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties, thanks to a new weather system moving into the region later today.

Late last week, the regional clean-air agency instituted a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County, later expanding that ban to disallow burning in any fireplace, pellet stove or wood stove (certified or not), unless it was an only source of heat. All outdoor burning also had been banned.

Weather conditions and pollution levels can change quickly this time of year, so future burn bans are possible. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air. Air quality can deteriorate quickly, which is why taking action to curb burning can help keep air healthy.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors during burn bans. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse.

Contact the Snohomish County Burn Ban Information line at 425-388-3508 for updated information or www.pscleanair.org/airq/aqi.aspx# for conditions and forecasts. Find answers to frequently asked questions about burn bans at www.pscleanair.org/airq/burnban/faqs.aspx.

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