Burn bans have been lifted for Snohomish County, as well as the Tulalip and Stillaguamish tribes.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted the air quality burn bans in Snohomish and King counties effective Jan. 21, but a Stage 1 burn ban will continue for Pierce County until further notice.
"We are lifting the burn bans in King and Snohomish counties because winds are picking up and temperatures are warming," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. "But Pierce County is still under the influence of cold and calm conditions, which could cause pollution to build up in areas where wood-burning is common."
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency staff follow a protocol set by state law to determine when and where to issue and lift burn bans. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air. Clean Air Agency staff will continue to monitor the situation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has likewise lifted its burn bans for the Tulalip and Stillaguamish reservations, along with at least four others west of the Cascades, but will continue a burn ban on all outdoor burning for the Yakama Reservation, at least until reviewing it on Jan. 23.
Please call 1-800-424-4EPA and ask for the Federal Air Rules for Reservations Hotline, or visit the FARR website for the reservations' current burn status at www.epa.gov/r10earth/FARR.htm.