Unhealthy air quality alert in effect for Puget Sound

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Washington, October 15, 2022—Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued an AIR QUALITY ALERT for Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, San Juan, Snohomish and Thurston counties through October 18. FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS (USG), with some ILLNESSES along US 2 and SR 530.

Air quality is diminished due to constant smoke from the Bolt Creek and White River fires. Air quality along the Cascades valleys could decline further during this time. Everyone, especially sensitive groups, should limit time spent outdoors, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, and choose light indoor activities.

People with heart or lung disease, the elderly, children and adolescents – take one of these measures to reduce your exposure:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Keep outdoor activities short.
  • Consider moving physical activities indoors or postponing them.

All the others – take one of these steps to reduce your exposure:

  • Choose less strenuous activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard.
  • Reduce the time you are active outdoors.
  • Be active outdoors when the air quality is better.
Air quality alert map courtesy of AirNow at 1:35 p.m., October 15, 2022.

Bolt Creek Fire Update to October 15

Firefighters reinforced and consolidated containment lines along most of Highway 2 and Beckler River Road. Road preparation and crushing operations continue at the western end of the fire to control westward movement towards the Index area. A structural protection group has completed assessment plans and remains focused on protecting structures, particularly on the east side of Index and along the Index-Galena road, should the fire become more active. The fire will continue to smoke as it burns north in Wild Sky Wilderness. The unburned areas inside the fire are increasingly dried out by abnormally hot temperatures and low humidity.

𝐀𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐬: 13,958
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭: 41%
𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥: 314
𝐂𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞: Indeterminate

𝐔𝐒 𝟐: Highway 2 is open but may be subject to intermittent delays if debris falls on the road. Washington State Department of Transportation crews continue to partner with the Incident Command team handling the fire. Road closure information is posted in WSDOT’s Real-Time Travel Center and by @wsdot_traffic on Twitter and updates will be provided as road conditions change.

𝐖𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫: A 𝐑𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐥𝐚𝐠 𝐖𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 is in effect for the fire zone for low relative humidity and easterly winds. The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. today until 5 p.m. Sunday. A combination of moderate breezes, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to rapid rates of spread and spotting downwind on existing fires.

𝐄𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: The red flag warning has triggered Level 1 Evacuation Guidance (Be Prepared) for the Baring and Index areas. Please see more information here: https://bit.ly/3T7dLfN.

𝐒𝐦𝐨𝐤𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Current air quality information can be found on the Washington Smoke Blog at https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has implemented an emergency closure on National Forest Lands. Roads, trails and campgrounds are closed. To read the closure in its entirety, please see: MBSNF Bolt Creek Fire Closure. A burning ban remains in effect until significant rains are received.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐒𝐅𝐒 𝐁𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐁𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐞𝐚 𝐄𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞ntps://inciweb.gov/nincident/8429/

𝐖𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬 has published an emergency intervention team report associated with field fires associated with: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/ger_hazard_landslide_walert_report_bolt_creek

𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: (360) 370-4170

𝐄𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥: 2022.boltcreek@firenet.gov

𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐰𝐞𝐛: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8417

𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤: https://www.facebook.com/boltcreekfireinfo

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