Stage 1 Burn Ban Issued for Snohomish County

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Due to stagnant weather conditions and elevated air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County until further notice.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issues temporary bans on indoor and outdoor burning when the weather trends toward stagnant conditions, such as air inversions, which trap fine particle pollution emitted from chimneys, cars, trucks and other activities.

Air quality can deteriorate quickly, which is why taking action to curb burning can help keep air healthy. Clean Air Agency staff will continue to monitor the situation to determine when the burn ban can be lifted.

During a Stage 1 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves or inserts, unless this is your only adequate source of heat. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner sources of heat (such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters) the ban is cancelled.
  • No visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period – even if it is the only adequate source of heat.
  • No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimneys.

Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

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

Answers to frequently asked questions about burn bans can be found here.

1 COMMENT

  1. I know they are costly, but we use Java logs and here is why:

    This snippet is taken from http://www.jacobgrier.com/blog/archives/726.html

    “What’s a Java Log? The Java- Log, invented in 1998 by Rod Sprules, is a wonderful tree-saving, non-polluting invention that utilizes a renewable, natural vegetable wax and coffee to fire up the chimney.

    The Java-Log is a firelog composed of recycled coffee grounds and according to the Java-Log website, is better than a conventional firelog in many ways. As I mentioned already it is composed of recycled coffee grounds which saves trees and diverts 10 Million Kg per year of coffee waste from landfills. It comes in 100% recycled packaging. It produce significantly fewer emissions than firewood: 8x less Creosote (safer for chimney & clean burning) , 5x cleaner particulate matter (less air pollution), and less carbon monoxide (less air pollution). It smells better than manufactured logs because there is no chemical smell. Some Java-Logs may have a mild sweet aroma. In addition one Java-Log provides a fire equivalent to several pieces of wood, and the flame is 3 times more brilliant to that of one made of wood. It still makes the crackling sound like regular firelogs, but it also does not emit caffeine when burnt so it won’t keep anyone awake at night.”

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