AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT WEDNESDAY
An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the National Weather Service. It is in effect through 5 PM PDT Wednesday afternoon.
Smoke from wildfires in Eastern Washington and Montana will continue to drift westward into Western Washington today into Wednesday morning. The central Puget Sound Region and the mountains will be the most impacted by the smoke. Expect the air quality to become unhealthy for sensitive groups today into Wednesday morning with locations between 1000 to 1500 feet likely to experience the lowest air quality conditions.
Conditions are expected to begin improving tonight along the coast, and the interior on Wednesday, as marine air pushes inland and southerly flow aloft pushes the smoke out of the area.
Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses are most at risk of serious health effects. These groups should limit or avoid time outdoors. For more information on burn bans and the air quality in your area, please visit the following web sites.
Washington State Department of Ecology: www.ecy.wa.gov
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency: www.pscleanair.org
Southwest Clean Air Agency: www.swcleanair.org
Olympic Region Clean Air: www.orcaa.org
Northwest Clean Air Agency: www.nwcleanairwa.gov
For information on the smoke affecting Washington state, visit the
Washington Smoke Blog at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com.