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Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifts burn ban Friday

  • Friday, August 11, 2017 11:48am
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On Friday, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted a burn ban it issued earlier in the week for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

As of 2 p.m. Friday there are no air quality burn bans in effect in the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency jurisdiction.

Fire safety burn bans are still in effect. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency suggests contacting the county fire marshal for more information.

Smoke levels have reduced to “moderate” or “good” in most areas now. Winds have reversed, and the agency expects the British Columbia wildfire smoke to blow east again for the next couple weeks.

“That means we return to our more typical summertime GOOD air quality,” according to a agency release. “The [British Columbia] wildfires aren’t expected to stop until the fall rains come, so another high pressure ridge could return the smoke. But thankfully, the 2-week outlook continues to keep smoke away from Puget Sound.”

There is a fire near Darrington that is contained, but still smoldering. As a result, the area could still see smoke levels that are moderate or even unhealthy for sensitive groups when the winds come from the northeast.

The agency will continue to monitor the conditions closely and send out updates as needed.

“We thank everyone for not burning not during this ban,” according to the release. “Children, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory health issues especially benefit from your efforts.”

Visit www.pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status.

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