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Regional wildfire smoke smell and ash reach the Eastside

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 11:37am
  • News

Regional wildfires such as the Jolly Mountain and Norse Peak fires paired with an early morning easterly wind shift are causing noticeable air quality concerns with smoke haze and falling ash throughout Bellevue and the greater Eastside. NORCOM, the dispatch center for most Eastside emergency agencies, had received more than fifty 911 calls as of early Tuesday morning.

Residents and visitors should be aware that there is no local fire producing the smoke, haze and ash. However, during this time period, if you see flames with smoke please call 911. Involved residents play a crucial part of our community’s public safety. Please note that the smell of smoke may be more prevalent if you live on a hill.

The Bellevue Fire Department encourages residents to check on and monitor any elderly residents or those with breathing issues you may know. Remind them to stay indoors or in a place with air conditioning.

Outside temperatures will soar again today and be in the 90’s. It’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid long periods in the sun.

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