PSA: We Recommend Staying Indoors Today
Visualized by NASA's satellite image of the wildfires, Seattle’s notorious rain clouds have been replaced with smoke as wildfires rage across nearly two million acres of the United States. The entire Pacific Northwest’s air quality has been drastically impacted for the worse. Sourced from several clean air and quality control agencies, today on Thursday the 23rd, Seattle remains at an Air Quality Index rating of 66, reported to have residual unhealthy pollutants that may impact those with sensitive lungs, children, or the elderly.
At its peak, the Air Quality Index reached 220 within some parts of Seattle. At an AQI of 220 on Wednesday, the air quality was qualified as “Very Unhealthy,” creating the possibility for serious health effects on Seattle’s inhabitants. Until the Air Quality Index returns to below 50, we recommend all children, older adults, and those with air pollutant sensitivities to avoid spending extended periods of time outdoors. Per the air quality forecast, the air should be back to a safe quality by tomorrow.
- Trey Munsell