An unusual Skagit Valley sunrise


September 14, 2022

Sarah Walls

RED SKY AT MORNING, WE ALL NEED TO TAKE WARNING – This was sunrise Saturday off of Bradshaw Road. Farm staff were out in the field getting ready to start the day. "The sky was really orange and thick with smoke. Farmers were still out there working: We have to eat" are the photographer's notes.

The La Conner High School football team lost its season home opener on Saturday – not to non-league opponent Forks but to poor air quality.

The Braves' grid contest at Whittaker Field was nixed due to thick, stifling wildfire smoke that began hovering in the La Conner area Friday and lingered through the weekend.

The Northwest Clean Air Agency Board issued a Stage 1 air quality burn ban for the Island, Skagit and Whatcom tri-county region Friday morning. That ban, separate from existing fire safety burns, was in response to increased fire dangers.

Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen,...

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