Heat, air quality cause burn bans across state

Your burn ban questions answered by the head of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Wildfire smoke from British Columbia caused poor air quality in Western Washington and have counties across the state issuing burn bans.

Related: Smoke from BC wildfires causes burn ban, poor air quality

King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties have all issued air quality burn bans, which are different from the burn bans instituted for fire safety.

Here's a list of what's allowed: 

King County: Stage 1 air quality burn ban. No charcoal barbeques, fire pits, chimeneas, fire bowls, or similar free-standing devices, campfires or bonfires, fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts, agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit). Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands are not granted from the local fire district during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

Snohomish County: Stage 1 air quality burn ban. No charcoal barbeques, fire pits, chimeneas, fire bowls, or similar free-standing devices, campfires or bonfires, fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts, agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit). Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands are not granted from the local fire district during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

Pierce County: Stage 1 air quality burn ban. No charcoal barbeques, fire pits, chimeneas, fire bowls, or similar free-standing devices, campfires or bonfires, fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts, agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit). Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands are not granted from the local fire district during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

Kitsap County: Stage 1 air quality burn ban. No charcoal barbeques, fire pits, chimeneas, fire bowls, or similar free-standing devices, campfires or bonfires, fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts, agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit). Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands are not granted from the local fire district during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

Whatcom County: Stage 2 burn ban for unincorporated Whatcom County. All open burning is restricted until further notice. Includes all outdoor burning, yard debris, land-clearing fires, and recreational fires.

Skagit County: Full burn ban in effect for all of the county. Includes all recreational, residential and land in unincorporated Skagit County. 

Thurston County: Burn ban for outdoor recreational burning with the exception of recreational fires in approved concrete, stone or metal pits (commonly found at campgrounds). In effect until Sept. 4. 

Lewis County: All outdoor burning is restricted except for recreational campfires in designated campgrounds or on private lands if built in specific restrictions

Chelan County: Fire safety burn ban through Sept. 30. No outdoor disposal burning or recreational campfires. 

Douglas County: Fire safety burn ban through Sept. 30. No outdoor disposal burning or recreational campfires. 

Kittitas County: Fire safety burn ban in all unincorporated areas through Sept. 30. No outdoor disposal burning or recreational campfires. 

Check the air quality around Western Washington.

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