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caption: Air quality in Western Washington on 9-21-2022. Smoke from nearby wildfires dipped air quality down into "moderate" and "unhealthy levels."
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Air quality in Western Washington on 9-21-2022. Smoke from nearby wildfires dipped air quality down into "moderate" and "unhealthy levels."
Credit: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Bolt Creek Fire is 95% contained. Smoke continues to drift into Western Washington

The Bolt Creek Fire in Snohomish County is now 95% contained after charring more than 10,000 acres this month.

The fire is still burning and pumping out lots of smoke. Part of Highway 2 closed to through traffic between Index and Skykomish.

Meanwhile, the smaller Goat Rocks Fire continues to burn southwest of Ellensburg in Central Washington. It flared up again this month after lightning sparked it in August.

Smoke from both fires have been wafting into Western Washington recently, but forecast models show things should start clearing up by sometime Thursday.

In the meantime, be aware that the air quality around Darrington, Issaquah, Kent, and Tacoma is moderate right now, according to the state Department of Ecology

And the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says air quality will be moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties until Thursday.