WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Smoke from several wildfires burning in the nearby Canadian providences of British Columbia and Alberta is expected to begin arriving in Whatcom County tomorrow, Tuesday, July 4th.
A Friday post to the Washington Smoke blog, a partnership between state, county, and federal agencies, and Indian tribes, said they were “keeping an eye on the wildfires burning in Alberta and British Columbia–shifting conditions to winds from the north could lead to smoke impacts in Washington State next week. At this time it’s uncertain how much of that transported smoke will reach the surface and how much will stay above us in the atmosphere.”
Renowned Pacific Northwest weather forecaster, Cliff Mass, says to expect smoke to arrive in the upper atmosphere today. Tomorrow’s high temperatures is expected to enable smoke to reach the surface layers.
Forecasters agree this will be a short-lived event since westerly winds are expect by Thursday that will flush the smoke away from the area.