SEATTLE A Stage 2 burn ban is now in effect for four Western Washington counties, which means residents there cannot burn wood in fireplaces unless it's their only source of adequate heat.
The burn ban is in effect for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says stable weather conditions, along with heavy use of wood burning devices in our cold weather, have created pollution levels considered unhealthy for some people.
Due to the latest forecasts, the ban is not expected to be removed before Saturday.
Under a Stage 2 burn ban:
-No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts or pellet stoves, unless this is your only adequate source of heat.
-Even if your fireplace, pellet stove, or wood stove is your only adequate source of heat, no visible smoke is allowed.
- No outdoor fires are allowed.
-Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
-It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.