PHOTO: Smoke from Washington forest fires nearly obscures the sun

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Reader Elston Hill is sharing another great photo of a near-sunset taken from Burien, of which he says:

On Saturday, UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote that the air in Portland, OR was more polluted than Beijing. The smoke from the fires was funneling down the Colombia River Gorge.

You could see the impact from Burien. I took this photo while the sun was still well up in the sky. There was no sunset to record by the time the sun got down to the mountains. The smoke had completely blocked out a sunset over the Olympic Mountains.

KOMO news reported on the smoke coming into our area (read that here), and our very own Puget Sound Weather Geek said this:

“You may have noticed the smoky sky today. Thick smoke from the intense fires in Eastern WA have blown in over the Puget Sound, and now it’s starting to settle. The NWS has mentioned that low air quality is possible through the weekend.”

My picture from last night is below (click image to see larger version):

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One Response to “PHOTO: Smoke from Washington forest fires nearly obscures the sun”
  1. Burien says:

    It smelled really smoky today. Wasn’t sure if it was because some of my neighbors were burning or if it was because of the smoke that rolled in from Eastern Washington.

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