Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Nov. 30, 2022

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Wildfire smoke reaches unhealthy levels in Seattle


SEATTLE — Wildfire smoke was making the air quality in downtown and North Seattle unhealthy for everyone on Wednesday, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said.

The agency said Wednesday that wind sent a plume of smoke from the Bolt Creek fire near Skykomish west to Everett and south into North Seattle and downtown, The Seattle Times reported.

Air quality was listed as unhealthy for sensitive groups in parts of Pierce and Snohomish counties, but reported to be good to the west throughout Kitsap County.

The National Weather Service in Seattle said the smoke is expected to stay in the Puget Sound region at least through Thursday, when wind from off the coast is expected to start clearing it out.

Highway 2 near the wildfire remained closed Wednesday while workers continue to remove hundreds of nearby trees damaged by fire, according to Washington state Department of Transportation officials.

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