Chestnuts roasting on an open fire (but only if it's your only source of heat)


Thinking about cozying up to your sweetie next the fire in this cold weather? Think again. Unless it’s your only source of heat, you’re out of luck:

Due to stagnant weather conditions and elevated air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for Snohomish County.

During a Stage 2 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves, 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) until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.
  • Regulations prohibit the emission of any visible smoke, even if your fireplace, pellet stove or wood stove is your only adequate source of heat.
  • All outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas. Burning of storm and flood damage debris is also prohibited.
  • Natural gas and propane stoves or inserts are still allowed. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency inspectors will be scrutinizing smoke emitting from chimneys during this Stage 2 burn ban. Inspectors will be out patrolling until the ban is lifted. Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

[image courtesy @rild]

  1. I get the burn ban. Sad that we can’t have a cozy fire in our fireplace. It’s what we saved the wood for; these times when it is well below freezing.

    Funny though, we were just up in Everett at a tree lighting ceremony where they had a bon fire. The mayor was there, police, fire, you name it, and nobody said a word about the burn ban.

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