Burn Ban Issued Saturday Include Longbranch, Key Peninsula

It was a cold 29 degrees at the Longbranch Marina Monday morning.
It was a cold 29 degrees at the Longbranch Marina Monday morning.
Update: The burn ban has now been elevated to Stage 2, which basically means homeowners will need an approved designation from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to burn.

What a wonderful way to wake up to a new week: clear, dry, sunny but a chilly 33 degrees.

My drive to work was rewarded with a sublime sunrise over the Longbranch Marina. The rising sun played peek-a-boo with a sheet of fog draped over Drayton’s Passage and the mouth of Filucy Bay, as seagulls foraged for clams.

Our day will be cold — high near 47 – with a calm wind. The mercury will dip below freezing once again tonight. Things will heat up a bit tomorrow and the high will be at 50 by the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a stage 1 burn ban over the weekend for Pierce County. This means no burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts, unless it is the home’s only source of heat. The burn ban helps reduce pollutants in the air caused by excessive wood smoke, according to the Clean Air Agency.

No outdoor fires are allowed during the duration of the burn ban. Violators are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

Good morning Longbranch.

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