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Poor Snohomish County air quality prompts continued burn ban

Due to stagnant weather conditions, Stage 1 burn bans are in effect for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, until further notice.

Monday, January 21, 2013 update.

Stage 1 Burn Ban remains in Effect for King, Pierce,
and Snohomish Counties.

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until air quality improves.

Due to stagnant weather conditions, Stage 1 burn bans are in effect for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, until further notice. 

"Cold and calm conditions will persist for a few more days," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. "In neighborhoods where wood-burning is common, air pollution levels could reach the UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS category."

"We encourage everyone who doesn't rely on wood heat to use instead their home's cleaner source of heat until weather conditions change."

Visit Washington State Parks for free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st 2013. If you are lucky enough to have the day off work this is a free day to visit Washington State Parks.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st 2013. If you are lucky enough to have the day off work this is a free day to visit Washington State Parks.

The Discover Pass is not required to visit state parks on free days. The Discover Pass is a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands.

Fire District 1 to implement changes to improve efficiency and response times with less staff

Snohomish County Fire District 1 will begin implementing staffing changes this month as part of a lean 2013 budget that aims to maintain existing service levels, improve efficiency and avoid firefighter layoffs despite declining revenue.

From a Snohomish County Fire District 1 news release written by Leslie Hynes, Public Information Officer.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 will begin implementing staffing changes this month as part of a lean 2013 budget that aims to maintain existing service levels, improve efficiency and avoid firefighter layoffs despite declining revenue.

Stage 1 burn ban continues for Snohomish County

Continuing cold weather and rising air pollution have prompted a Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce County, effective at 1 p.m. on January 17, 2013. A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Snohomish County. These bans are in effect until further notice.

Updated Friday, January 18, 2013.

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until air quality improves.

Continuing cold weather and rising air pollution have prompted a Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce County, effective at 1 p.m. on January 17, 2013. A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Snohomish County. These bans are in effect until further notice. 

"Pollution levels in Pierce County spiked overnight and reached UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster.

Former Mill Creek City Councilmember Terry Ryan announces run for Snohomish County Council

Former Mill Creek City Councilmember Terry Ryan announced his candidacy for the Snohomish County Council’s District 4 seat today, January 17, 2013.

Former Mill Creek City Councilmember Terry Ryan announced his candidacy for the Snohomish County Council’s District 4 seat on January 16, 2013.

Ryan announced that he is seeking the Councilmember position as a Democrat.

District 4 contains the City of Mill Creek as well as parts of Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Briar, Bothell, and unincorporated Snohomish County. County Councilmember Dave Gossett, a Democrat from Mountlake Terrace, currently represents the District. Since Councilmember Gossett has served for three consecutive terms, he is unable to run again.

Stage 1 burn ban in effect for
Pierce and Snohomish Counties

A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Pierce and Snohomish counties, until further notice. The ban in King County is lifted, effective at 1 PM on January 16, 2013.

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until 
air quality improves.

A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Pierce and Snohomish counties, until further notice. The ban in King County is lifted, effective at 1 PM on January 16, 2013.

"We're lifting the ban in King County because air pollution levels there have improved," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. "Based on historic patterns, it’s unlikely they’ll reach trigger levels in the next few days."

Team kick-off for 2013 Relay for Life of Mill Creek

The 2013 Relay for Life of Mill Creek organizers will hold a kick-off meeting at the former Zen Garden Restaurant on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

Looking to build upon Mill Creek’s successful American Cancer Society Relay for Life event last summer, planning is underway to grow participation to 35 teams and donations to exceed $60,000 this year. 

Interested members of the greater Mill Creek community are invited to attend the kick-off meeting at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the former Zen Garden Restaurant at 16300 Mill Creek Blvd.

January 2013 - Stage 1 burn ban in effect 
for King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lowering the air quality burn ban from a Stage 2 to a Stage 1 in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties effective at 1:00 PM on January 15, 2013.

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until air quality improves!

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lowering the air quality burn ban from a Stage 2 to a Stage 1 in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties effective at 1:00 PM on January 15, 2013.

The ban remains in effect until further notice.

Stage 2 burn ban now in effect for Snohomish County

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 2 burn ban in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties on Sunday, January 11, 2013, to protect residents from worsening air quality.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 2 burn ban in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties on Sunday, January 11, 2013, to protect residents from worsening air quality.

The bans will remain in effect until further notice.

Overnight, many areas around the Puget Sound reached air pollution levels of “UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS”, especially in areas where wood burning is common.  Agency forecasters expect the current cold, dry, and stagnant weather conditions to extend well into the week.  The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the air quality and weather situation.

Attic fire contained with no injuries in Mays Pond

Snohomish County Fire District 7 responded to the 18400 block of 20th Drive SE in Mays Pond for a reported resident structural fire just after 3:00 AM on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

From a Snohomish Fire District 7 news release.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 responded to the 18400 block of 20th Drive SE in Mays Pond for a reported resident structural fire just after 3:00 AM on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Firefighters arrived to a duplex residential structure with fire showing from the back of the residence extending to the attic. Crews confirmed all occupants had evacuated and began an offensive fire attack.

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