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Burn bans lifted for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties

January 4, 2011

The Stage 2 burn ban for Pierce and Snohomish Counties and the Stage 1 burn ban for King and Kitsap Counties issued on January 1 are lifted, effective at 5:00 p.m. today, January 4, 2011.

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency meteorologists anticipate air quality will improve by tomorrow in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, thanks to a new weather system moving into the region later today.

We appreciate the public's cooperation with the burn ban, and encourage people to check current air quality conditions and air quality forecasts at our Web site www.pscleanair.org/airq/aqi.aspx# before they burn. Conditions can change quickly this time of year.

For those who heat with wood, please remember that it is always illegal to produce excess chimney smoke and to smoke out your neighbor. You know you are burning properly when you do not see any smoke coming from your chimney. To learn more about the most efficient and cleanest burning techniques, visit www.pscleanair.org/burningbasics .

For additional information regarding burn bans or other air quality topics, visit www.pscleanair.org .

For other burn bans in effect in the region, check www.WaBurnBans.net .

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is an air quality management agency serving King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Created as a result of the 1967 Washington Clean Air Act, the agency protects public health and improves air quality by adopting and enforcing air quality regulations, educating individuals and businesses about clean-air choices and sponsoring voluntary initiatives to improve air quality.

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