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The smoke is finally leaving: Air Quality burn bans lifted

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SEATTLE - After two weeks of a consistent brown haze that has left air quality in moderate to poor conditions, cleaner air is finally on the way.

Increasing marine winds Friday and our first rain in several weeks on Sunday should push the smoke off to the east.

"Winds have reversed, and we expect the British Columbia wildfire smoke to blow east again for the next couple weeks," the agency said.

To that effect, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says it will lift its air quality burn ban in Puget Sound at 2 p.m. Friday. The ban had prohibited use of such items as charcoal barbecues, campfires and bonfires.

The agency still warns that fire safety burn bans remain in effect.

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