Thick, smoky haze gives eerie weekend sunsets

Breeze clears out wildfire smoke by Monday afternoon


August 23, 2023

Smoke blocks the sun as it sets under the Rainbow Bridge

Nancy Crowell

A SMOKE-COLORED SUNSET - Forest fire smoke from British Columbia and Eastern Washington blew our way last weekend, cooling air temperatures. This was Sunday evening's sunset from La Conner's eastern shore. Monday's breezes blew the smoke away ending air quality alerts Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.

A hazy blanket hovered above La Conner last weekend as smoke from multiple wildfires in north central Washington and southern British Columbia drifted into the area, shrouding typical summer views of the snow-capped Cascades but providing brilliant red sunsets over Swinomish Channel and Skagit Bay.

By Monday, though, local air quality was much improved as weekend north winds returned to onshore flows, bringing relief in the form of slightly cooler morning temperatures and easier breathing.

At 3 p.m. the Northwest Clean Air Agency announced its Stage 2 air quality burn ban for Skagit, What...

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