SMOKE: Another murky night in West Seattle

(Photo by Mike Jensen)

The wildfire smoke is expected to hang around at least into Wednesday morning – that’s when the current Air Quality Alert expires. Right now, as this map shows, local readings are all in the “unhealthy” range. This is all from wildfires that, in our state, burned 330,000 acres yesterday alone. For our area, there’s some good news, though – the forecast has pulled back a bit on the feared mini-heat wave … now it looks like three days ahead in the 80s, no more talk of 90s.

15 Replies to "SMOKE: Another murky night in West Seattle"

  • Rob September 8, 2020 (9:23 pm)

    The beach fires are going out there.   I would have thought that at least during this period of smoke and pollution no one would even want a beach fire.   I guess state, county, and city laws, rules and ordinances don’t make a difference.  What’s the point of having rules and laws at all?  This is a safety issue.

    • Resident September 8, 2020 (10:20 pm)

      I am with you. What is the point of having laws if you can’t/won’t enforce them? It is a sham.

    • Matt P September 8, 2020 (11:34 pm)

      What should people do in this case, call the fire department?  Fires are going off everywhere at the drop of the hat because of current conditions.

      • wsperson September 9, 2020 (9:01 am)

        It’s true, I was waiting for my Lyft yesterday and the planting strip in parking lot caught on fire.

        • waikikigirl September 9, 2020 (5:15 pm)

          Leaving work yesterday I could see smoke from it looked to be behind a power pole…got closer and it was the pole smoldering and then flames coming out of it! Called 911 – FD came and sprayed foam on it and left.Spontaneous combustion? creosol  the cause???

    • flimflam September 9, 2020 (6:10 am)

      seriously, beach fires when our AQI was as bad as it was? i shouldn’t be surprised anymore by selfish, rude stuff like that i guess. ugh.

  • KS in Gatewood September 8, 2020 (9:30 pm)

    In addition to the map provided in the article above, you can go to to access a map that has more air quality sensors closer to West Seattle and around the Puget Sound region.  While these sensors aren’t as accurate as regulator air quality monitors, they help paint a more complete picture of air quality.  In the upper right, you can toggle between “Health” and “Instant”.  The “Instant” is helpful when conditions are changing, as it will show the almost-instantaneous fine particle pollution value (updated every minute).   The “Health” view includes regulatory monitors and provides a health-based average of the fine particle pollution levels.    If you click on each individual circle or  star (sensor/monitor), you can also see what levels have looked like over the last 3 days (“Live”) or look at activity recommendations based on health studies and current levels (“Impact” – currently all advise to stay indoors if possible).    Thanks!

    • Hoku September 8, 2020 (11:20 pm)

      Thank you for the link and the explanation!

    • Alkibiach September 9, 2020 (9:04 am)

      The link is very helpful. Thank you 

  • j September 8, 2020 (11:19 pm)

     According to  the “pscleanair map”  their appears to be a  bridge between Maury Isl and Desmoines;never realized that.

  • Deb September 9, 2020 (7:59 am)

    Amazing map! Thanks for the clues! (what – you’ve never used the M/DM bridge?)  lol

  • Smokey The Bear September 9, 2020 (10:52 am)

    Idea for people who live across Alki Beach and see a fire 🔥 = get a bucket and fill it with water, grab your shovel = walk across the street and just start putting the fire out.  Throw water 💦 on the 🔥 and use your shovel and dig up some sand to toss on the fire.  Maybe get a group of neighbors to have buckets of water ready and shovel in hand 🤚 to help stop 🛑 these irritating fires that you are complaining about- sort of like What the Guardian Angels did in New York for crime. 

    • alki_2008 September 10, 2020 (12:53 pm)

      Yeah. Because the people sitting around the fires are going to be oh-so-friendly when a stranger comes by and douses their fire.
      Maybe they’ll be just as friendly as they are when people call out their windows at 2am asking them to turn down the volume because they can’t sleep from all the noise. Which in turn is responded to with curse words and no decrease in volume.

  • anonyme September 9, 2020 (10:57 am)

    And yet there is no current burn ban in King County.  Mental.

    • WSB September 9, 2020 (12:02 pm)

      Yes, there is. Stage 2.

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