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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Wildfire Smoke Alert for the Puget Sound Region

 Wildfire Smoke Alert for the Puget Sound Region 

This is an alert about wildfire smoke from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Current air pollution due to wildfire smoke may cause health problems.

Monday morning update: Air quality continues to be UNHEALTHY and VERY UNHEALTHY. The weather system that was expected to bring us some relief from the smoke has failed to materialize today and we will likely only see minimal improvements in air quality.

A continued chance of light, isolated rain, may bring some improvement, but overall we expect lingering wildfire smoke to continue to make air quality UNHEALTHY or UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS through at least the middle of the week. A storm arriving later in the week should eventually clear out most of the smoke.

Conditions may change, we will update the forecast frequently until air quality improves.

Fire marshals in our four-county area of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties have issued fire safety burn bans prohibiting outdoor burning including recreational fires.

Current air quality conditions are UNHEALTHY for everyone.

When air quality is UNHEALTHY, everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

Right now, everyone should take precautions, especially infants, children, and people over 65, or those that are pregnant, have heart or lung diseases (such as asthma or COPD), respiratory infections, diabetes, stroke survivors, and those suffering from COVID-19.

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