Everett’s Smoke Level Going Up, Air Quality Going Down

August 2, 2017

Everett

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Children, pregnant, and older adults, and those with pre-existing heart or lung conditions should stay inside if you can.

Due to smoke blowing down from Canadian wildfires there is an increasing amount of smoke in the Everett area.

As of early Wednesday afternoon the air quality in Everett was listed as unhealthy for sensitive groups according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

It is expected to remain at that level at least through tomorrow.
This reader submitted photo shows the smokey sunset at the Port of Everett last night.

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A reader submitted photo show the smokey sunset last night and visibility is worse today.

In addition to the Fire Safety Burn Bans issued by DNR, Pierce, King, Snohomish and Kitsap fire marshals, Puget Sound Clean Air is issuing an Air Quality Burn Ban, restricting all burning, including recreational fires:

All outdoor burning is prohibited until air quality improves.

SEATTLE, WA – With the wildfire smoke from British Columbia in our region, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, effective at 4 PM today, August 2, 2017.
This ban is in effect until further notice and is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans.
With winds from British Columbia moving wildfire smoke into our area, air pollution levels have become UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in many parts of the Puget Sound region. We expect this pattern to continue at least through Friday and possibly longer.
The purpose of the burn ban is to reduce any additional harm to sensitive populations from excess air pollution and is in addition to existing fire safety burn bans. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation for purposes of air quality burn bans.
No outdoor burning during a Stage 1 air quality burn ban including:
• No charcoal barbeques
• No fire pits, chimineas, fire bowls, or similar free-standing devices
• No campfires or bonfires
• No fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, or uncertified inserts*
• No agricultural fires (as described in the agricultural burn permit)
• Native American ceremonial fire permits outside of tribal lands are not granted from the local fire district during air quality burn bans.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.


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