Air quality burn ban lifted

August 28, 2018

With blue skies showing Monday, the Northwest Clean Air Agency lifted the air quality burn ban put in place last week due to wildfire smoke.

The smoky haze lifted over the weekend, and Northwest Clean Air Agency Executive Director Mark Buford said in a news release Monday that there are now fewer smoke particles in the air.

Smoke particles can impact air quality, making exposure hazardous, particularly for those with asthma and other medical issues.

The influx of wildfire smoke from fires in other parts of the state and British Columbia prompted a Stage 1 air quality burn ban last week.

While that ban has been lifted for Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties, each county’s own burn bans remain in place due to increased wildfire danger, according to the release.

For the latest information on area burning rules, visit nwcleanairwa.gov or WABurnBans.net.

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