BURN BANS LIFTED IN PIERCE, KING AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES
November 20, 2014
All burn bans in our area have been lifted. This includes King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
The outlook for the next few days is windy and rainy, with a rise in temperature.
Due to continued weather conditions and air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is updating burn bans for the following:
- Issuing a Stage 2 burn ban for King County, effective today at 12 PM
- Maintaining a Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce County
- Lifting the burn ban for Snohomish County, effective today at 12 PM
Burn bans will be lifted as of 6 AM tomorrow, November 20th.
The front expected this evening is showing rain and winds that will clear the air. However, daytime winds will not be sufficient to significantly reduce pollution levels in King and Pierce counties, especially in areas where wood burning is common.
Snohomish County is expected to have earlier daytime winds sufficient enough to reduce pollution levels, allowing the burn ban to be lifted as of noon today.
The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation.
During a Stage 2 burn ban:
No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.
- The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency
- No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.
- Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.
The seasonal burn has been lifted effective 0800 September 23. Normal burning restrictions are in effect. To obtain a burn permit, please call 425-788-1625.
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, please remember to use precautions when lighting fireworks.
- Use only approved, legal, and common fireworks from reliable Washington State and King County Fire Marshal licensed retailers.
- Always have a responsible adult light all fireworks.
- Have a charged garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy.
- Use fireworks under outdoor conditions only, away from buildings, houses with wood shingles, trees, and dry fields.
- Avoid aerial type fireworks.
- Light one item at a time, move away quickly, and keep a safe distance away.
- Dispose of used fireworks by first soaking them in water.
- Ensure the safety of pets.
- Use eye protection.
- Remember your neighbors and clean up all debris.
- If a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least a minimum of five minutes before approaching the device.
- Remember, if it has a stick or fins and it goes up or if it blows up, it is illegal in Washington State.
- Rather than buying fireworks, attend a public fireworks display when available and make that a family tradition.
Information from King County Fire Marshal Services, www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/fireworks.aspx
First Responders of King County Fire District #45 are receiving an animal rescue oxygen mask kit through a donation from Invisible Fence® Brand.
Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry web sites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets each year that die in fires; most succumbing to smoke inhalation. In most states, emergency responders are unequipped to deal with the crisis. The donation of these specially designed and potentially lifesaving animal oxygen mask sets enable Rescue Squads to efficiently administer oxygen to a stricken animal.
This donation is part of a national effort called Project Breathe™ project to equip fire stations across the U.S. and Canada. Invisible Fence® Brand has a commitment to pet safety that extends beyond electronic pet containment by funding deserving projects that help to save the lives of pets. More information is available at: www.invisiblefence.com/O2.
Summer Break is almost here and so are the celebrations! First off, Duvall Fire says Congratulations! You made it through another year of school and are preparing for college, work or just summer fun. Second, we ask that you do not drive distracted, you know, cell phone conversations and texting. In addition, the old warning of driving and drinking, it may be an old warning but it is still relevant. Every year kids with so many plans for the future see them cut short due to driving under the influence or distracted driving. Don’t be a statistic this year, enjoy the summer and fulfill your dreams!
A public safety announcement from Duvall Fire
On Friday May 9th, 2014, from 8:20 a.m. until approximately 9:00 a.m., there will be a drunk driving simulation held in the high school parking lot near the baseball fields. The event is to remind students of the risks of impaired driving. It will only be open to participants and Cedarcrest students.
The event will include a realistic simulation of a motor vehicle accident with police, fire, and aid crews responding to the scene. Students who feel that this simulation would be too graphic and/or would negatively impact them will be excused to the library during this time.
During the event, there may be as many as eight police, fire, and other emergency vehicles at the school. All but one or two of these vehicles will remain in service should they be needed to respond to an emergency.
This event is being coordinated by Duvall Fire, with participation from the Duvall Police Department, Redmond Fire Medic One, Woodinville Fire, and the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Please do not hesitate to contact Duvall Fire at 425-788-1625 if you have any questions or concerns about this activity.
Saturday May 3 is National Wildfire Preparedness Day. Please join the Carnation Duvall Citizen Corps, Duvall Fire, and King County Firewise to learn how to protect your family and home from wildfires.
Seminar to be held at the Duvall Library from 10am – 12pm.
Firewise Seminar Information
The 54th Annual Duvall Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast will be held This Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at the fire station (15600 First Ave. NE). The breakfast will run from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DuvallFirefightersAnnualPancakeBreakfast?notif_t=page_new_likes
Breakfast-Adult $6 Seniors $5 Children $4
T-Shirts-Adult $15 Kids $12
I wanted to provide you with as much notice possible on the 2014 Flying Wheels bicycle rally. I have attached documents that outline the specifics (date, route, etc.) for your convenience. The fire district was included in the announcement as a courtesy but had no voice in the approval or scheduling of the event.
This information is not intended to endorse or vilify the event; rather to provide you information and help achieve the best possible outcome for all involved. Obviously, emergency responses could be challenged with the increased number of bicyclists. The number of participants could also increase aid emergencies during the event. To help minimize their impacts, the sponsoring club has hired additional King County police officers to help mitigate any issues.
My hope is that this advance notice will allow you to prepare/avoid congestion and traffic delays. It is important to note that the rally is the same weekend as Duvall Days and will be simultaneous with the parade on Saturday, May 31st. Main Street will be closed for the parade and traffic will be diverted to Snoqualmie Valley Road; the same route as the rally.
Flying Wheels 2014