A Smokey Morning on San Juan Island
From San Juan Island Fire and Rescue…
As you have seen already, it is a poor day for air quality throughout the San Juan Islands and Western Washington State.
There is no wildland fire in San Juan County at this time. 9-1-1 Dispatch received several calls from concerned residents overnight due to the strong smell and haze of smoke in the air. A combination of smoke from fires in eastern Washington and south in Pierce County has shifted our way due to changing winds.
Please refrain from calling 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number unless you witness active fire, columns of smoke, or have an actual emergency.
The smoke from distant fires is expected to linger in the air for several days, lowering the air quality. Reduce your exposure by keeping your windows and doors closed, use fans and air conditioning to stay cool, use a portable air cleaner or HE-filter to remove fine particles from the air, and avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
As a reminder, San Juan County is currently under a full burn ban. No outdoor commercial, residential, or recreational burning is allowed during this time.
Stay safe and thank you for your support.