Smoke blown into the Seattle area from the Bolt Creek fire will probably be here until Thursday.
That’s a bummer for a couple of reasons: One, it keeps people who are sensitive to smoke stuck inside. And two, forecasts earlier this week got our hopes up for a couple of those blue-skied, 70-degree, perfect September days.
The same easterly wind that brought smoke from the Bolt Creek fire into Snohomish and King counties also blew smoke from the Goat Rocks fire into the South Sound.
Air quality in much of the region was listed as moderate on Tuesday afternoon, though some areas remained unhealthy for people with smoke sensitivities, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
We could see the same pattern on Wednesday as well, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Kayla Mazurkiewicz.
The Bolt Creek fire continued to burn on 10,095 acres and was listed as 90% contained on Tuesday morning. The Goat Rocks fire grew slightly on Monday and was burning on 3,338 acres. It is listed as zero percent contained.
Part of King County — the west slopes of the Cascades above 1,500 feet — was under a Red Flag warning until 8 p.m. Tuesday, due to gusty winds and low humidity.