Olympia Region Clean Air Agency asks you to rest your woodstoves

In a bid to reduce air pollution, the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency is asking all residents in the region to voluntarily refrain from using their woodstoves and fireplaces.

The stagnant air conditions associated with the cool weather and lack of wind forecast into the weekend creates the likelihood of rising levels of air pollution, agency officials said.

Burning wood creates small particles that can lodge in lungs, causing breathing problems and aggravating lung and heart disease.

To learn the status of burn restrictions in the agency’s six-county region, including Thurston and Mason counties, visit www.orcaa.org.