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What is some information about burn bans in King County, Washington?

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King County, Washington has fire-safety burn bans based on fire danger levels and air-quality burn bans based on air pollution levels. Restrictions vary depending on the stage of the burn ban. Current burn ban statuses are available on KingCounty.gov and PSCleanAir.org, as of 2015.

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To view the current burn ban status in King County, visit KingCounty.gov and hover your mouse cursor over Services. On the drop-down menu that appears, click Environment. On the Environment page, click Burn Bans under the Air Quality & Climate Change heading.

The Burn Ban page provides the current status for fire-safety and air-quality burn bans. If a fire-safety burn ban is in effect, the page provides information on current restrictions.

For information on air-quality burn bans, visitors to PSCleanAir.org should click Check Burn Ban Status. This page provides the current status for air-quality burn bans in multiple counties and the restrictions for each burn ban stage.

A stage one fire-safety burn ban permits outdoor burning only for small recreational fires. A stage one air-quality burn ban prohibits outdoor burning and burning in uncertified wood stoves, inserts and fireplaces. A stage two fire-safety burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning. A stage 2 air-quality burn ban prohibits wood burning. Violators of burn bans typically receive a fine.

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