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Wildfire smoke infiltrates Whatcom County again

Sunset visible through wildfire smoke (October 18, 2022). Photo courtesy of a reader

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Air quality across Whatcom County worsened today, Tuesday, October 18th, resulting in air quality monitoring stations reporting levels within the UNHEALTHY range.

An air quality alert for smoke has been extended by Northwest Clean Air Agency until 5pm on Thursday due to air quality expected to remain or rise to the UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS to UNHEALTHY ranges due to light winds pushing wildfire smoke into western valleys of the Cascade Range and lowlands of Whatcom County.

The major impacts are expected Tuesday and Wednesday with potential to extend into Thursday. Everyone, especially those in sensitive groups, are advised to limit time spent outdoors, avoid strenuous activities outdoors and choose light indoor activities.

Air quality reported October 18, 2022. Source:
Air quality reported October 18, 2022. Source:
Air quality reported October 18, 2022. Source:

Forecasters in the Seattle office of the National Weather Service are expecting a series of frontal systems including measurable rainfall beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend. These systems are expected to clear out smoke

Whatcom News readers are encouraged to stay up to date with the current weather forecast for their specific locations via the Whatcom News Weather page.

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