– “Stage 1 Burn Ban called for Thurston County effective Dec. 8, 2017”
“A Stage One Burn Ban is being called for Thurston County effective 2 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 8, 2017) and continuing until conditions warrant a change.
Under a Stage 1 Ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, and all outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned. Additionally, no visible smoke is allowed from any woodstove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period.
A system of stable weather conditions over Western Washington, coupled with cold overnight temperatures has resulted in air pollution levels climbing enough to raise concerns about the air quality and its impacts on health. A change in weather will be needed to restore cleaner air quality, yet that’s not forecast to occur until late next week at least,” quoting the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA).