Air Quality Index For Seattle Area Labeled Unhealthy
August 20, 2018
SEATTLE -- Due to state wildfire smoke that rolled back into the area on Sunday from British Columbia, the EPA has listed the air quality for the Seattle-Bellevue-Kent Valley areas as in the unhealthy range.
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Those most affected by the smoke filled air would be those most sensitive to smoke such as the elderly, very young children, woman who are pregnant anyone who has a chronic pulmonary disease or conditions such as asthma, to name a few.
Health officials say those most vulnerable to health complications due to the low air quality should remain indoors until the situation returns to normal.
In related news, a large brush fire broke out Sunday afternoon near the Covington/Maple Valley area in the 25000 block of 188th Avenue Southeast.
For a time the smoke filled air lowered visibility to the point that the Washington State Patrol shut down several miles of westbound Highway 18 in the area.
Also on Sunday, the Wash. State Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) said Saturday “saw 18 new #WaWILDFIRE burn 157 acres, bringing the year-to-date total we’ve responded to up to 1,122 fires on 295,734 acres. More than 3,500 firefighters hard at it again today. “