Stage 1 burn ban is back for King County

By Zachariah Bryan

Well, it was fun while it lasted. But now a Stage 1 burn ban is back for King County, starting at 4 p.m. on Jan. 18, meaning no fires in wood-burning fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, and no burning outdoors, including bonfires, campfires, and fires in fire pits. (Including Alki Beach).

It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

"This weekend we're expecting calm and cold conditions to continue throughout the region, which is why we're issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for King County," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. "In neighborhoods where wood-burning is common, air pollution levels could easily reach the UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS category."

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