Seattle smoke and public health concerns

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#1
Seattle
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If you're traveling to Seattle any time between now and next week, be sure to look at the forecast regarding haze from the BC forest fires. The smoke is a health hazard to people with asthma, as well as children and older adults.

I drive a shuttle, and I'm astonished how often I pick up cruisers who have no idea about it.

As a local coping with the smoke, here's my advice:

* Don't walk more than two or three blocks without stopping indoors somewhere for ten to fifteen minutes.

* If you have an inhaler but rarely use it, keep it on you at all times.

* Get the uber and lyft apps even if you don't plan on using them, in case you find yourself in a hurry to get back to your hotel.

* Recognize that right now the view from the Space Needle is affected by the haze

Attractions made worse by the haze:
Olympic Sculpture Park
Space Needle
Ducks/other riding tours
Waterfront
Pike's Market

Attractions unaffected by the haze:
Underground Tour
Museum of Popular Culture
Chihuly
Museum of Popular Culture
Most shopping destinations
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#2
Washington State
542 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
According to the National Weather Service the smoke should begin to clear Thursday night into Friday due to a cooling trend and increased southernly air flow. Also a 50-50 chance of rain Sat night into Sunday. Cooler with highs in the 70's vs the 80's for the last couple of weeks.

52 days with no rain - a new record!
#3
Vancouver, BC
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Joined May 2012
In Vancouver they are telling us that the smoke will begin to clear Saturday and that we could get a touch of rain on Sunday.
I have lived here 25 years and have never experienced anything like the way it has been for the past few weeks.
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#4
Washington State
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Joined Aug 2008
The wind is coming out of the WSW this morning and I just got this:
... Air quality alert for western Washington has ended...

The high pressure system responsible for trapping wildfire smoke
over western Washington for over a week was just east of the area
and will continue moving east. This has resulted in improved air
quality. Strengthening westerly flow in the lower to mid levels of
the atmosphere will help push the smoke out of the area for steadily
improving conditions. Thus, the air quality alert is no longer in
effect.
#6
Seattle
990 Posts
Joined Dec 2002
We now have smoke from fires in Eastern Washington covering the city and ash falling in the suburbs. This is far worse than the previous round and could stick around for weeks if we don't get rain.
Please take this seriously if you have breathing issues. Take it easy walking around and consider packing a face mask.
#7
Bellingham, WA
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Joined Feb 2017
Originally posted by juliecat
We now have smoke from fires in Eastern Washington covering the city and ash falling in the suburbs. This is far worse than the previous round and could stick around for weeks if we don't get rain.
Please take this seriously if you have breathing issues. Take it easy walking around and consider packing a face mask.
I'm in Bellingham (1.5 hrs north), and we have the same up here minus the ash fall. Sky has been a crazy orange/yellow/gray all day today. And I'm one of "those" folks with breathing issues -- puffer at hand, nebulizer on stand-by. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will ease up before next Monday (Sept 11) -- I'm taking Amtrak down to Seattle to board my first ever cruise -- Holland America, 2 weeks, Alaska. At least I'll be getting out to sea and (hopefully) away from this for awhile.

Lana in Bellingham
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#10
Bellingham WA
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Originally posted by ArtsyCraftsy
I'm in Bellingham (1.5 hrs north), and we have the same up here minus the ash fall. Sky has been a crazy orange/yellow/gray all day today. And I'm one of "those" folks with breathing issues -- puffer at hand, nebulizer on stand-by. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will ease up before next Monday (Sept 11) -- I'm taking Amtrak down to Seattle to board my first ever cruise -- Holland America, 2 weeks, Alaska. At least I'll be getting out to sea and (hopefully) away from this for awhile.

Lana in Bellingham
Hey Lana...I'm in Sudden Valley and the smoke seems to be captured over Lake Whatcom and Lookout Mountain. Thankfully, I think we are supposed to get some rain soon which should help with the fires and the smoke. Hope you have a great time as you travel North to Alaska!!!
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