The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency has called a Stage 2 burn ban in Thurston County, which prohibits the use of any wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, including certified wood stoves.
The stagnant air conditions associated with the ongoing cold snap has allowed air pollution near ground level to accumulate.
An outdoor burn ban is also in effect throughout Thurston County.
The ban will remain in place until a change in weather improves air quality.
The state Department of Health recommends people who are sensitive to air pollution, including those with respiratory problems and heart disease, children and the elderly, limit the time they spend outdoors.
Thurston County residents are also asked to limit their driving and reduce their engine idling time to reduce air pollution from vehicle exhaust.
For updated air quality forecasts and current conditions, check www.news .orcaa.org.