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Air quality in the North Bend area could hit unhealthy levels throughout the weekend as a wildfire smoke plume over Oregon is forecast to make its way north as wind directions make a southerly shift.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is warning that significant wildfire smoke from Oregon is expected to begin infiltrating the Puget Sound region on Friday, September 11th, which means much of the area could reach ’unhealthy for sensitive groups’ or ’unhealthy’ levels.
The poor air quality is forecast throughout the weekend. The air quality alert issued by the National Weather Service expires Monday, September 14th.
Important reminder: King County’s Stage 2 Burn Ban was also extended through the weekend. It strictly bans outdoor recreational fires (like fire pits and campfires) in order to avoid situations where sparks can occur. Those tiny sparks, combined with dry landscape and timber, can quickly start a fire.
Residents can check North Bend air quality on the Department of Ecology’s North Bend monitoring page HERE.
Some tips to deal with poor air quality: