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Lighting a fire could cost you $1,000

January 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Update: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted the burn ban at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.

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It’s time to douse your plans for a warm winter fire. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a burn ban for King County from now until further notice.

A burn ban means that you can’t light a fire in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves (unless they’re the only heat source in your home). Outdoor fires are also part of the ban.

The clean air agency says the ban is needed because a high pressure weather system over Puget Sound comes with cold air and very little wind. The agency expects air quality to deteriorate at least through Friday.

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