What is a burn ban?
A burn ban is a mandatory, yet temporary, order that restricts the use of wood stoves and fireplaces, as well as outdoor burning. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issues an air quality burn ban when the weather trends toward stagnant conditions, such as air inversions, which trap fine particle pollution emitted from our chimneys, cars, trucks, and other activities. Our air quality can deteriorate quickly when the weather doesn't give us the breeze we need to clean away our daily air pollution, which is why taking action to curb burning can help keep our air healthy.
What is banned
during a burn ban?
The agency issues the following bans:
No burning is allowed in fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves, unless it is your only adequate source of heat. This includes the use of manufactured logs such as Duraflame or Javalogs.
You can use pellet stoves, EPA-certified wood stoves and natural gas or propane fireplaces.
- No visible smoke is allowed from any solid fuel burning devices, beyond a 20 minute start-up period.
No burning is allowed in any fireplace, pellet stove or wood stove (certified or not), unless it is your only adequate source of heat.
You can use natural gas or propane fireplaces.
- No visible smoke is allowed from any solid fuel burning device at any time.
All outdoor burning is prohibited during a burn ban, even
in areas where otherwise permitted by law.