Wildfire Smoke Alert: Unhealthy Air Quality

Wildfire smoke is continuing to move into the Seattle area. Air quality is now Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in most areas and Unhealthy for everyone in some areas. While the forecast has smoke decreasing later this week, air quality may change frequently throughout the day, and may be different from location to location.

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Wildfire smoke continues to move into the Seattle area Wednesday, September 21 as wildfires burn in the region. Air quality is now Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in most areas and Unhealthy for everyone in some areas.

  • Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups: Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected. The following sensitive groups should especially take precautions: infants, children, and people over 65, or those who are pregnant, have heart or lung diseases (such as asthma or COPD), respiratory infections, diabetes, stroke survivors, or are suffering from COVID-19.
  • Unhealthy: Some members of the general public may experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

Avoid health effects from smoke by reducing time spent outdoors. Limit your physical activity outdoors (including running, biking, physical labor, and sports) when:

  • The smoke level is “moderate” or worse if you have a health condition (like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or a cold)
  • The smoke level is “unhealthy for sensitive groups” or worse if you are pregnant, over age 65, a child or an infant
  • The smoke level is “unhealthy for everyone.”

You can improve the air quality indoors with a simple DIY Box Fan Air Filter (WA Department of Ecology YouTube).

Check with your health care provider for more specific health questions and concerns about the effects of smoke. Seek medical attention if symptoms are serious. 

Air quality monitors and information

Safety and preparedness information

DIY Clean Air Filter

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