Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Stay indoors: Wildfire smoke blankets Puget Sound with unhealthy air

Stay indoors: Wildfire smoke blankets Puget Sound with unhealthy air

"The levels we measured at Hope over the weekend, from what we can tell... are, I think, the highest wildfire smoke levels we've measured certainly in the last few years", he says.

Benenati said along with the app, there are additional resources on DEQ's website if you're looking for more information.

As of 1:00 p.m. Sunday, air quality monitors in Yakima, Toppenish, Sunnyside and White Swan reported air quality as "very unhealthy", with each site reporting dangerously high levels of ultrafine "PM 2.5" particulate pollution.

"We will see a return to onshore winds by later Wednesday pushing in clean Pacific air to improve our air quality", Marriott said.

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Kathy, from Skyway, sent this photo in Monday night, says her vehicle picked up a dusting of ash.

Seattle's Space Needle was swathed in haze on Monday, and it was impossible to see nearby mountains.

Forest fires are common, but typical Seattle-area weather pushes it out of the way quickly.

Hayden said to deal with the poor air, he drinks lots of water and wears a mask. "That is not typical for wildfire season".

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"Infants have very sensitive lungs when they're born so the smoke is going to be even worse for them and depending on the level of exposure, there might be damage done to infant lungs, which might have lifelong implications".

The Federal Aviation Administration said airplanes bound for the Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle's main airport, may be delayed because of low visibility.

The air in Walla Walla County was visibly problematic today, and that was matched by its air quality rating of "hazardous". Those groups are advised to avoid strenuous exercise, and avoid being outdoors at all if possible.

"Definitely, it's a concern for people, especially those with asthma and other pre-existing conditions where this real poor air quality can definitely cause them to experience symptoms", said Jim Kelly, with the state's health department.

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