Air quality worsens in Puget Sound, Pierce County burn ban in effect

Puget Sound air quality worsens, Pierce County burn ban in effect (PHOTO: KOMO News)

A stage 2 burn ban is in effect for Pierce County until further notice. That means all wood burning is prohibited. Air quality will continue to deteriorate, thanks to a strong inversion that's developing.

While it's been beautiful and sunny today, you could make out some haziness along the horizon. It's all due to increasing pollutants in our atmosphere. Air quality sensors ranged from moderate to 'unhealthy for sensitive groups' on Tuesday morning.

For days now, we've had high pressure locked in place over the western interior of the U.S. It's provided us with gorgeous weather, but it continues to trap air particles across the state leading to worsening pollution problems. While this pressure system will be smaller tomorrow, it'll still be impacting us. This means we could deal with similar if not worse air quality Tuesday.

We'll probably be tracking good to moderate air quality around the greater Seattle area tomorrow, meaning it won't be dangerous to most of the population. Meanwhile, Tacoma will most likely have an "unhealthy for sensitive groups" level again. People with respiratory problems will be at a greater risk for health concerns. Areas like Olympia and Shelton will likely have moderate levels.

The Kitsap Peninsula, the coast, many of the islands and the northwest interior will probably have better air quality as those spots tend to see more wind. Keep in mind: this air quality forecast is subject to change.

Rain should return to parts of Western Washington Wednesday which will help to scour out pollutants and clean our air.

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