Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issues burn ban

January 18, 2013

NEW — 4:15 p.m. Jan. 18, 2013

King County is under a Stage 1 burn ban, effective at 4 p.m. Friday and in place until further notice.

The moratorium from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency comes after a previous burn ban ended Wednesday. The agency issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises — or is forecast to reach — unhealthy levels.

During a Stage 1 burn ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should rely instead on other, cleaner heat sources, such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters, for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled. Read more

State hosts meetings on Interstate 90 tolling proposal

January 18, 2013

NEW — 12:35 p.m. Jan. 18, 2013

The state Department of Transportation is evaluating potential impacts of tolling Interstate 90, and the public can learn more about the proposal at a series of meetings on the Eastside and in Seattle.

The agency is considering a proposal to toll the highway on the seven-mile stretch between Interstate 5 in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Read more