By Ken Stern 

Wildfire smoke turned air unhealthy last week


October 26, 2022

Smoke over La Conner

Ken Stern

People in the Anacortes-La Conner area experienced unhealthy air quality during Oct. 18-20, when air quality worsened steadily over two days, with 24-hour average readings of 42.1 ug/m3, 101.7 ug/m3 and 40.8 ug/m3. The Wednesday, Oct. 19 air quality was rated "unhealthy for everyone" by exceeding 101 ug/m3. The other two days the air quality was "unhealthy for at-risk groups," at over 35.5 ug/m3.

The 24 hour average Oct. 16 was 34.5 ug/m3, just under the unhealthy for at-risk groups threshold.

Over 0.1 inch of rain fell in Anacortes Oct. 21, clearing the air and reducing particulate matter to...

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