High fire danger is possible from September 9-11, with critical fire weather conditions forecast for both the Cascades and portions of the lowlands. Smoke from wildfires in the Central to Northern Cascades is filtering into NW Washington and may impact the air quality. Residents are encouraged to take precautions as air quality may reach unhealthy levels.
Red Flag Warning and Burn Ban
A red flag warning is in place from Friday afternoon through Sunday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either imminent or occurring. Any fires that develop will likely spread quickly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
The King County Fire Chiefs have issued a Stage 2 Burn Ban effective Friday, September 9. This Burn Ban prohibits recreational fires until further notice. Outdoor fires, including recreational campfires, cooking fires, and ceremonial fires are prohibited until further notice.
Wildfire Safety Tips
- Properly discard cigarettes
- Keep vehicles off of dry grass
- Avoid activities with open flames or sparks
- Avoid power equipment that creates sparks
- Obey burn bans
- Evacuate if fire/smoke is heading your way
- Evacuate if ordered to do so by local officials
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.