Smoke gradually moving out of Puget Sound region
For the first time since Sunday, the entire Western Washington region is not under an Air Quality Alert.
Blue sky over Seattle today but Rainier wasn’t out, a picture of pretty clouds this evening and a not orange moon over Seattle tonight. Northwesterly flow aloft will bring some smoke down from the fires on Vancouver Isl. Friday but not nearly as bad as the last few days. #wawx pic.twitter.com/6O7lHDbLlR
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) August 24, 2018
Wind off the ocean began moving inland into Washington on Wednesday evening, gradually moving smoke out of the region. But it’s a slow process.
Air quality readings improved to “good” or “moderate” in southwest Washington and locations close to the Puget Sound. That’s a significant improvement from “very unhealthy” or “unhealthy.” See the map.
The clean air agency also issued a Stage 1 burn ban Monday afternoon. This means no outdoor burning in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties, including charcoal barbeques, campfires or bonfires, and fire pits or similar free-standing devices.That ban has since been lifted. Check the status.