King County under burn ban; air stagnation advisory posted

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Update: Burn bans for Snohomish and King counties were lifted Monday. The burn ban remains in effect for greater Pierce County.

SEATTLE -- Stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution prompted the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to call for a Stage 1 burn ban for King County on Sunday,

A Stage 1 burn ban continues for greater Pierce and Snohomish counties, except for Darrington.

A high-pressure system is expected to stay in place for the next couple of days, which could make air quality worse.

The Stage 1 burn ban means use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves and uncertified wood inserts is not allowed. Outdoor burning is always illegal.

Under the ban, use of EPA certified wood stoves, EPA certified wood inserts and pellet stoves and inserts is allowed.

Also on Sunday, the National Weather Service posted an air stagnation advisory for much of Western Washington, including Everett, Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and Bremerton.

The advisory lasts into Monday morning. Dry weather, light winds and poor mixing has led to stagnation. Pollutants will be trapped near the surface, leading to deteriorating air quality.

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