Burn ban issued for King County, but just for today

SEATTLE -- King County has issued a short-lived Stage 2 burn ban following a week of cold, stagnant air.

The burn ban, which includes indoor wood-burning stoves, was scheduled to be lifted at 6 a.m. Thursday with the onset of a new weather pattern. Pierce County and tribal burn bans would also be lifted then, too.

A Snohomish County burn ban was lifted Wednesday.

During a Stage 2 burn ban:

    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.