Smoke enshrouded downtown Tacoma, Aug. 14.
Photo credit: Joshua Bessex – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Air Quality Alert for Thurston County, Washington”
Issued by the Seattle/Tacoma office of the National Weather Service
…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FOR WESTERN WASHINGTON FROM 10 AM TODAY TO 5 PM PDT WEDNESDAY…
An Air Quality Alert for smoke has been issued by the following agencies:
Washington State Department of Ecology,
Northwest Clean Air Agency,
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency, [Thurston’s air quality agency]
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and
Southwest Clean Air Agency.
Unhealthy air will become common across the area due to smoke from large wildfires in British Columbia and on the east slopes of the north Washington Cascades. Some improvement in ventilation is expected late Wednesday. Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience respiratory distress, you should speak with your doctor. For current air quality conditions, health precautions, and additional information on wildland fire smoke, visit the Washington more information, please visit the Washington Smoke Blog at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com. You may also contact your local air quality agency.
– Editor’s note:
Yelm’s forecast is for near 90 degrees Monday and Wednesday, 93 for Tuesday, and these days could see their respective record high temperatures broken.