Smoke from California, Oregon and Washington wildfires have made their way into King County and will last through the weekend. Residents are encouraged to take precautions as air quality may reach unhealthy levels.
Protect Your Health When Air is Smoky
Check the air quality forecast. Air quality conditions may change quickly. Go to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s map or follow them on Twitter for the current smoke level report for your area. Stay indoors when possible. Limit your physical activity outdoors (including running, biking, physical labor and sports.)
Keep indoor air clean. Close windows and doors. Don’t smoke, use candles or vacuum. Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter if possible. Use fans or an air conditioner (AC) when it’s hot, if possible. Set your AC to recirculate, rather than bringing in fresh air. If you do use AC, be sure to check and clean or change the filter regularly. If your health conditions get worse around smoke, contact your health care provider. Check on elderly or at-risk neighbors. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone else has serious symptoms, like trouble breathing.
Shelters and centers are available across King County to assist those who are homeless or in need of a place to be to avoid the wildfire smoke.
Tips for pets
Animals also face challenges during the wildfire smoke season. As with humans, try to limit your pet’s outdoor activity when weather conditions are at their worst. Always make sure pets have plenty of cool water and shade available, and never leave a pet in a hot car.
The region’s Phase II Burn Ban is extended through Sept. 13. Due to high fire danger and expected hot/dry weather conditions, there’s a complete outdoor burn ban for Issaquah and surrounding areas. This restriction bans all outdoor fires.