smoke Section

AIR QUALITY: ‘UNHEALTHY’ levels will likely continue through tomorrow

AIR QUALITY: ‘UNHEALTHY’ levels will likely continue through tomorrow

The latest on our smoky skies from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency: AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR PUGET SOUND REGION DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE This is an air quality alert for August 22, 2018, from the Puget Sound... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Smoke softens summer light on frolicking, bathing backyard birds

PHOTOS: Smoke softens summer light on frolicking, bathing backyard birds

Story & Photos by Elston Hill No serious photographer would try to take nature photographs in the middle of a sunny summer day in the open sun and harsh light. Digital cameras can not handle all that... [Read more]

The air is so unhealthy, school sports practices were moved indoors today

The air is so unhealthy, school sports practices were moved indoors today

The air is so smoky and unhealthy today (Monday, Aug. 20), that Highline Public Schools moved all high school athletic practices indoor for the day. Here’s an email sent out by the district: Dear... [Read more]

Air Quality Alert update issued Sunday

Air Quality Alert update issued Sunday

Air quality levels are going up more quickly than expected in the Puget Sound Region, and it’s reaching levels UNHEALTHY for everyone in some areas, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced. “We... [Read more]

UPDATE: Air quality now considered ‘Unhealthy for everyone’ in region

UPDATE: Air quality now considered ‘Unhealthy for everyone’ in region

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued an updated air quality alert on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 – declaring that the current air is ‘Unhealthy for everyone’ for the entire Puget Sound... [Read more]

Air quality alert issued by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Air quality alert issued by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

An air quality alert was issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Monday afternoon, Aug. 13, for the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. “Air pollution... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Smoke from wild fires makes for a very red sunset

PHOTOS: Smoke from wild fires makes for a very red sunset

Story & Photos by Elston Hill I was suspicious this morning. The sky looked gray. This evening the sun looked red. Had to be smoke, I thought. I Googled air quality and the air quality was supposedly... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Might we be done with smoky skies?

PHOTOS: Might we be done with smoky skies?

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos showing what may be the last of our smoky sunsets, as well as some other views from around Burien. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency seems to agree: “For... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Ash from wildfires falls like snow in region, affecting even spider webs

PHOTOS: Ash from wildfires falls like snow in region, affecting even spider webs

On Tuesday (Sept. 5), you most likely noticed some very small white or gray stuff falling from the sky, covering your car and other outdoor items, as well as perhaps making you look like you had a major... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Smoke slips back into the area, causes red sunset

PHOTOS: Smoke slips back into the area, causes red sunset

Courtesy Elston Hill come these photos of Monday night’s amazing sunset, showing how smoke from wildfires in southwestern Washington have slipped back into our area. The last time we saw red, smoky... [Read more]

PHOTOS: More great photos of our strange smoky skies & a weather update

PHOTOS: More great photos of our strange smoky skies & a weather update

From Elston Hill comes more great photos showing our strange smoky skies, courtesy wildfires in British Columbia being pushed our way by a southerly wind. On Thursday morning, Vashon and Blake Island... [Read more]

WEATHER: Cough cough! Stage 1 Burn Ban in effect until further notice

WEATHER: Cough cough! Stage 1 Burn Ban in effect until further notice

Significant wildfire smoke from British Columbia remains in our region – and is expected through Friday – so the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is continuing a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for King,... [Read more]

PHOTOS: It’s been a couple of smoky days in Burien lately…

PHOTOS: It’s been a couple of smoky days in Burien lately…

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos showing the recent smoky skies in Burien: “I was startled when we got home at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The sky looked yucky. Very hazy and/or dirty. Turns out... [Read more]

PHOTO: Smoke from Washington forest fires nearly obscures the sun

PHOTO: Smoke from Washington forest fires nearly obscures the sun

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... [Read more]

Stage 1 Burn Ban issued for King County

Stage 1 Burn Ban issued for King County

A Stage 1 Burn Ban has been issued for King County, effective as of 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, “until further notice.” A Stage 2 burn ban remains in effect for Pierce County. Saturday night... [Read more]

Fire Marshal Calls for County-wide Burn Ban; In Effect until Sept. 1

Fire Marshal Calls for County-wide Burn Ban; In Effect until Sept. 1

A county-wide burn ban was declared Tuesday (July 17) by the King County Fire Marshal in conjunction with Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. This ban was prompted by forecasts calling for... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Huge Smoke Plume Visible In Burien; From Vashon House Fire

PHOTOS: Huge Smoke Plume Visible In Burien; From Vashon House Fire

BTB Photographer/Reporter Nicholas Johnson took the above photos from Burien late Sunday afternoon, showing a huge smoke plume originating from an apparent house fire on Vashon Island. According to reports,... [Read more]

King County Announces Burn Ban To Run From July 15 – Sept. 30th

King County Announces Burn Ban To Run From July 15 – Sept. 30th

Put down those matches folks – King County announced Wednesday (July 14) that it will enact a burn ban beginning Thursday, July 15, and running through Sept. 30th. Here’s the full announcement... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: Burien’s First-Ever Hookah Bar Is Now Open For Business

B-TOWN BIZ: Burien’s First-Ever Hookah Bar Is Now Open For Business

Burien’s first-ever “Hookah Bar” has opened – Pyramids Club, at 153 SW 153rd, just west of the E.B. Foote Winery – a membership-only “club” where members can... [Read more]