Hey Neighbor, Stop Burning Leaves. Now.

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According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, a Smog Watch has been declared for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

This means that it’s time for you to stop burning those leaves, neighbor (you know who you are…).

According to the agency, hot air is moving into our region from the south, bringing a temperature inversion along with it that will trap air pollution and impact air quality over the next several days.

The good news of course is that it will be getting much warmer over the next day or two (tomorrow’s high is projected to be 86, Wed. 88!).

The bad news of course is that these inversion layers tend to trap smog.

The Department of Health reminds people with asthma and parents of children with asthma to limit outdoor activities during hazy, sunny, hot weather when ozone levels are high. Adults with lung and cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke) should also be mindful of poor air quality.

In rural areas of King and Pierce counties downwind of Seattle-Tacoma, expect “moderate” air quality on Tuesday, falling to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” Wednesday as ozone levels rise. In core urban areas, air quality is expected to fall to “moderate” on Wednesday due to levels for fine particle pollution (soot and smoke).

The Clean Air Agency’s meteorologist predicts an onshore flow will return Wednesday evening breaking the pattern and bringing air quality back to “good” levels the remainder of the week.

Actions you can take to help spare the air this week include:

  • Driving your most fuel-efficient car, and combining errands into one trip.
  • Skipping gasoline-powered yard work and gas-fueled recreation.
  • Carpooling or riding the bus to work, events and outings.
  • Refueling your car in the cooler evening hours.


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