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Fire Safety Burn Bans & Air Pollution
"Fire-Safety" Burn Ban - King County Fire Marshal (KCFM)
- issued by KCFM due to fire danger during dry weather conditions
- low moisture in trees and the vegetation is a fire hazard
- outdoor burning in all of King County is affected
- issued in cooperation with other county and state agencies
KCFM does NOT issue "burning permits" for King County Residents
- Local fire districts and local fire departments issue burning permits, but only when burn bans are not in effect.
- Use non-emergency phone numbers to contact your local fire districts.
- Check King County Emergency Management www.kingcounty.gov/ for information on getting a burning permit.
"Air Quality" Burn Ban - Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA)
- issued to tell people about possible health impacts arising from increased air pollution
- people with health conditions, such as asthma and heart disease, are especially susceptible to harm
- people may need to restrict their outdoor activities
- PSCAA's jurisdiction includes King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counties
- Stage 1 - lowest Stage 3 - highest pollution level - health risk