Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Friday that the city is closing all beaches, parks, and boat launches through Sunday over concerns brought on by poor air quality.
The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert that is now in effect until 11 a.m. Monday across western Washington. Smoke from wildfires across the state is expected to continue to be unhealthy for sensitive groups through the weekend, after it “deteriorated overnight” between Thursday and Friday.
“During this time we really want is for people to know and understand how unhealthy the air is,” Durkan said during a Friday press conference.
Alongside King County Executive Dow Constantine, Durkan also announced that the city would be opening a new “healthy air center” in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood for anyone experiencing homelessness. The site opens Friday afternoon, and will be able to provide health air and shelter for up to 80 people.
Winds shifted Friday, which has brought smoke from fires in Oregon and California into western Washington, keeping the air quality poor. The NWS also warned that there may be additional updates depending on how thick the smoke is as it moves into the region.
The Washington Emergency Management Division is echoing the warning from the NWS, calling it a “super massive cloud of smoke.”
“Air quality is already bad and will get a bit worse before it gets better,” KIRO 7 meteorologist Nick Allard warns.
Air quality is typically measured on a scale of to 500. Between 51 and 100 is considered “moderate,” 101 to 150 is “unhealthy for

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