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There’s going to be smoke in the air Tuesday. Question is: How long will it stay?

Haze over the hills east of Lake Whatcom color the sunrise a soft tangerine-rose on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Haze over the hills east of Lake Whatcom color the sunrise a soft tangerine-rose on Tuesday, Aug. 29. rmittendorf@bhamherald.com

Even as some areas around Seattle are experiencing reduced air quality from wildfires in Central Washington, the air in Whatcom County is expected to remain mostly clear, forecasters said.

Meteorologist Andy Haner at the National Weather Service in Seattle said Bellingham-area residents might experience a few hours Tuesday in which air quality could be unhealthy for sensitive people, such as the young, old and those who suffer respiratory issues.

“Unlike the Canadian smoke that came and settled in for days, this will be a quick hit, only a few hours,” Haner said.

Haner said the smoke mostly was coming from the Jolly Mountain wildfire burning northwest of Cle Elum.

According to air quality readings posted at the state Department of Ecology website, the air Tuesday morning read “moderate” at a station on Yew Street in Bellingham and another in the Custer area. By late Tuesday, readings were “unhealthy for sensitive groups” at a station in Maple Falls.

Two stations in Anacortes read “moderate” Tuesday morning. A station in Mount Vernon was “unhealthy for sensitive groups” late Tuesday morning.

Other stations in Whatcom and Skagit counties recorded “good” readings.

Air-quality readings in Whatcom County were “good” all day Monday.

Fire officials said Monday the Jolly Mountain fire was 4,682 acres in size and growing, burning in timber understory and grass. Containment was expected in mid-October.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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