Smoke, ash in the air caused by Eastern Washington fires, says Eastside Fire & Rescue; Mount Si moves sports practices indoors

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 9:37am
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Eastside Fire & Rescue dispatchers have reported receiving multiple calls about a smell of smoke in the area, and ash in the air, falling like snow and settling on cars Tuesday morning.

Steve Westlake, spokesperson for Eastside Fire & Rescue stated Tuesday that there is no local fire producing the smoke and ash. Instead, the conditions are a result of several fires in Eastern Washington, including the Jolly Mountain and Norse Peak fires.

Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they see flames.

The smoke and ash smell are likely to persist through Wednesday in this region, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The smell and ash will be more prevalent if you live on a hill

As air quality deteriorates, people are urged to monitor those they know who are elderly or have breathing issues, keeping them indoors and in places with air conditioning, where possible. Mount Si High School has moved all sports practices indoors today, because of the air quality.

A heat advisory remains in effect in this region, through 10 p.m. Tuesday evening. High temperatures are expected in the high 80s to mid 90s and those working outside are urged to take extra precautions and stay hydrated.

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