Wildfires moving into King County; widespread smoke affecting air quality

Norse Peak and American wildfires as of 3 p.m. on September 5 (click to enlarge)

The Norse Peak and American wildfires continue to burn in the area where the King, Pierce, Kittitas, and Yakima County lines meet. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in the Crystal Mountain, Gold Hill, Pick Handle Basin, and Bumping Lake areas. Increased fire activity is also noted along State Route 410 near Hell’s Crossing. These fires have scorched nearly 20,000 acres and are less than 10 percent contained.

In addition, smoke from wildfires in central Washington continues to pour over the Cascade Range, degrading air quality. As of 3 p.m. on September 5, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency rates air quality as Moderate over most of King County, and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in the Cascade foothills of eastern King County.

King County Emergency Management is monitoring the developing wildfire situation, working in partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County and the American Red Cross among other agencies.

The Enumclaw Expo Center is available to shelter livestock displaced by the wildfires.

A map of wildfire locations in the Pacific Northwest is available from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.