The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency has lifted a burn ban that went into effect Dec. 30 in Thurston County.
A change in weather conditions that pushed the stagnant air out of South Sound beginning Tuesday afternoon has allowed cleaner air to return to the area.
The burn ban had begun as a voluntary request when a cold-weather front hit the region last week, then progressed to a ban on all outdoor burning and the use of indoor wood-burning devices, including fireplaces and wood stoves.
ORCAA officials encourage residents to find alternatives to wood heat and outdoor burns. Burning adds to air-pollution levels.
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For more information about burn-ban regulations, clean home heating and outdoor burning practices, go to www.orcaa.org.
John Dodge, staff writer