Saturday, August 20, 2016

Smoke in western Washington today

Smoke plumes from the Buck Creek fire west of Lake Chelan got caught up in east winds and blew into northwest Washington, including Darrington and Arlington since Friday. Winds are now shifting to the northwest and area air quality should return to mostly Good once the residual smoke clears during the day.

Smoke from fires in the Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles drifted over the Seattle/ Tacoma/ Olympia area from Friday evening, but will dissipate during the day today. Forecast suggests air quality should be no worse than Moderate over the Seattle area at nighttime with clearing both east and west of the Cascades during the daytime over the next few days.

The above mentioned fires were ignited by lightning about a month ago and were smoldering lightly until recent hot weather energized them. Fire weather concerns remain through Sunday and Monday, west and east of the Cascades respectively.

Red Flag Warning    Fire weather watch

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