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As predicted by the National Weather Service, easterly winds kicked in Monday evening, September 7th, leading to a dramatic air quality change in North Bend as wildfire smoke from Eastern Washington infiltrated the area.
Those east winds - along with continuing hot, dry weather conditions - means fire risk in the Snoqualmie Valley remains elevated for the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag [fire] warning, air quality alert and wind advisory for the North Bend area.
The wind advisory expires on September 8th at 11AM, as the easterly winds subside. The air quality alert was extended until September 10th and the red flag warning remains in effect until September 10th as temperatures in the low 90s and upper 80s are expected through the end of the week.
Eastside Fire & Rescue and King County issued a Phase II Complete Outdoor Burn Ban effective through Thursday, September 10th. Barbecue grills and gas fireplaces are not part of the ban, but wood-burning, outdoor fire pits and/or campfires are NOT allowed. Later this week EF&R will evaluate the need to extend the phase II burn ban.
Residents can check the North Bend air quality station on the Department of Ecology’s monitoring page HERE. Air quality level in North Bend was ’unhealthy for sensitive groups’ as of 6AM, September 9th. Unhealthy air quality means that everyone, especially sensitive groups, should limit time spent outdoors.
North Bend residents can monitor local weather conditions, including advisories and warnings, on the National Weather Service page HERE.