Forecasts call for some wildfire smoke to reach Skagit County this week. Periodic east winds could bring in smoke from fires in the North Cascades, causing air quality to deteriorate to “Moderate” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” on occasion.
If smoke levels become “Moderate” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” Skagit County Public Health recommends limiting or avoiding intense outdoor activities. Smoke may be hazardous, particularly to those more sensitive to poor air quality, including:
- People with heart and lung disease, respiratory infections, asthma, diabetes or other health conditions
- Babies and children
- Pregnant women
- People older than 65
Keep indoor air clean by closing doors and windows. If you don’t have fans or air conditioning and your home is uncomfortably hot, seek “cooling shelters” like the mall or library. If you have an air cleaning system, make sure to use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter, and make sure to stay hydrated.
Call 911 if you develop serious symptoms or have trouble breathing.
For information regarding air quality, consult the Washington Smoke Information website: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/2018/08/wa-keeps-accumulating-smoke-through.html.
Ongoing monitoring of air quality can be found at the Northwest Clean Air Agency website: http://nwcleanairwa.gov/air-quality-center/. Conditions change frequently, so check back often.
Health information can be found at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/SmokeFromFires. You may also contact the Skagit County Public Health Department for further information at 360-416-1500.