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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.

Photos: Smoke blanket the Puget Sound region

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.



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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.

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