Smoke Ready Communities Day is June 19

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Wildfire season is already underway in Washington State. King County is partnering with the City of Seattle, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and other regional stakeholders to help our communities prepare for and function during what is expected to be another summer of skies filled with wildfire smoke.

Smoke from wildfires has become a recurring seasonal air quality hazard in the western United States and British Columbia. In the Puget Sound region in 2018, wildfire smoke led to 24 days of poor air quality, including nine days that were considered either unhealthy for sensitive groups or unhealthy for everyone. 

This spring has already been warm and dry, creating ideal conditions for wildfires across our state this summer and fall. The last two years, the Puget Sound region dealt with poor air quality for weeks due to wildfire smoke, and forecasters expect another summer of smoky skies. King County Executive Dow Constantine has declared June 19 to be Smoke Ready Communities Day, a day of awareness about the danger of wildfires and the associated smoke. Prepare now so you’re ready when conditions take a turn for the worse.

Remember these safety tips and get more at

  • Check air quality
  • Burn ban information
  • Prepare now for wildfire smoke season
  • Wildfire prevention tips
  • Protect your health when air is smoky
  • Masks and wildfire smoke