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Snohomish County

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."

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."

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.

Fire District 1 seeks nominees for Fire Commissioner vacancy

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is seeking nominees to fill a vacancy on its Board of Fire Commissioners.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is seeking nominees to fill a vacancy on its Board of Fire Commissioners.

The application deadline is January 18, 2013.

Commissioner Millie Judge left the Board at the end of last year to take office in January as Snohomish County Superior Court Judge. The Board of Commissioners will select and appoint someone to fill the vacancy. The appointee will have to stand election in the fall of 2013 to retain the seat and serve the two years remaining in Judge's six-year term.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 donates gifts to 15 local families

Firefighters and staff at Snohomish County Fire District 7 helped support fifteen local families this holiday season.

Firefighters and staff at Snohomish County Fire District 7 helped support fifteen local families this holiday season. Each of Fire District 7’s fire stations adopted two to three families in need; buying them holiday gifts they wouldn’t otherwise be able to give their children.

Firefighters and their families came together to wrap the gifts and took a quick break for a photo with just a few of the presents. Left to right: Lieutenant Jeff Larsen, Firefighter Erik Emerson, Firefighter Matt Ball, Fire Chief Gary Meek and Lieutenant Joe Basta.

Mill Creek withdraws from Regional Fire Authority

The Mill Creek City Council voted 7-0 to withdraw from the South Snohomish County Regional Fire Authority planning committee at the December 11, 2012 City Council meeting.

The Mill Creek City Council voted 7-0 to withdraw from the South Snohomish County Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee at the December 11, 2012 City Council meeting.

The City Council made this decision because as a member of the proposed Regional Fire Authority, Mill Creek would end up paying approximately $500,000 more per year for the same amount of service the City is now receiving from Fire District 7 according to the South Snohomish County Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee’s most recent financial analysis.

Snohomish County real estate sales increase in November, but things may change next year

The inventory of homes for sale in Snohomish County continues to shrink causing an uptick in pending sales and median prices. Many real estate experts expect increased sales and prices in 2013 as long as Congress doesn’t send the economy into a nose dive with overly aggressive budget tightening.

The inventory of homes for sale in Snohomish County continues to shrink causing an uptick in pending sales and median prices. Many real estate experts expect increased sales and prices in 2013 as long as Congress and the President don’t send the economy into a nose dive with overly aggressive budget tightening.

Fire District 1 retirement ceremony to honor Firefighters Tipp and Hood

Firefighters Gary Hood and Mike Tipp will be honored for their years of service to the citizens of Snohomish County Fire District 1 at a retirement ceremony at Martha Lake Fire Station.

Firefighters Gary Hood and Mike Tipp will be honored for their years of service to the citizens of Snohomish County Fire District 1 at a retirement ceremony at Martha Lake Fire Station 21 on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

Parking will be available in the north and east parking lots of the neighboring Christ the Rock Church.

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