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As smoke gets worse again, fresh burn ban issued for Puget Sound region

Smoggy Seattle day on Aug. 8, 2017. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - The hot and sunny pattern is expected to bring another round of smoke from B.C. wildfires into the Puget Sound region this week, prompting another outdoor burn ban.

The Stage 1 burn ban goes into effect for King, Pierce, Kitsap and Snohomish Counties at 2 p.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect until further notice, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced.

Air quality forecasters expect the smoke to degrade the air quality back into the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" category through Friday, the agency said. "We expect calm winds and smoke to settle daily," the agency said.

The ban ban means no charcoal barbecues or similar solid fuel devices, no campfires or bonfires, no fire pits, and no agricultural fires. (It is still OK to use natural gas, propane grills, stoves or inserts during the burn ban.)

The agency recommends that "children, pregnant women, older adults, and those with heart and breathing problems should avoid physical exertion outdoors." Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse.

The air quality should improve on Saturday and be markedly better by Sunday as this heat ridge moves off to the east and stronger westerly breezes develop.

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