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Preparing for Wildfire Smoke in South Seattle This Summer

by Andrew Engelson


After a record heat wave earlier this summer, Seattle is bracing for a West Coast wildfire season that’s now well underway. More than 300 fires are burning in British Columbia, a 150,000-acre forest fire is raging in south-central Oregon, and new fires are sparking in California and Idaho. In response to drought conditions, Gov. Jay Inslee last week declared a state of emergency and issued a statewide ban on most outdoor burning. 

With memories of last year’s intensely smoky skies still fresh, residents of South Seattle are preparing for what could be another hazy — and hazardous — summer.

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Washingtonians’ Indoor Behavior Will Dictate COVID-19 Case Levels and Death Rates This Autumn, Inslee Says

by Carolyn Bick


Amidst the wildfires and smoke blanketing the state, Washington State reached 2,000 deaths from COVID-19 and more than 80,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee announced in a press conference on Sept. 15.

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City to Open New SoDo Smoke Shelter, but Durkan Does Not Commit to Opening Any More Buildings, Leasing Hotels to Serve as Smoke Shelters

by Carolyn Bick


Though the City will be opening a new smoke shelter in SoDo, Mayor Jenny Durkan in a Sept. 11 press conference did not commit to opening any more government buildings or to working on leasing the mostly empty hotels and motels in downtown Seattle to serve as emergency smoke shelters for people experiencing homelessness.

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Public Health Alert: ‘Massive Cloud of Smoke’ on Its Way

by Emerald Staff


The Public Information Officer for Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) has issued the following Emergency Alert:

“There is [a] super massive cloud of smoke outside of California and Oregon. The wind is changing direction and it’s coming your way tomorrow. You have today to prepare. Let your family and friends know.”

WEMD recommends taking steps to ensure your safety:

Filter your air: Create a box fan filter to keep the air around you as unpolluted as possible. This video will walk you through it (a Spanish version follows the English version). Alternatively, invest in a professional filtering device if possible.

Shop now: Don’t wait to grab essential items.

Stay home: If you don’t have to go out tomorrow, don’t.

Stay updated: Find air quality forecasts here.

Visit the Department of Health website for more information on how to protect yourself from smoke.


Featured image via Washington State Dept. of Ecology.

People Experiencing Homelessness Have Few Options Under a Haze of Smoke

by Carolyn Bick

On the morning of Aug. 21, Seattle’s more than 6,000 unsheltered homeless individuals awakened breathing air deemed unhealthy for everyone.

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