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Posted on: September 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Wildfire Smoke Alert for the Puget Sound Region

 Wildfire Smoke Alert for the Puget Sound Region 

This is an alert about wildfire smoke from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Current air pollution due to wildfire smoke may cause health problems.

Friday morning update. 
Heavy smoke from Oregon has entered our region making air quality UNHEALTHY. Air quality may continue to worsen to VERY UNHEALTHY by Friday afternoon. We expect UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS to UNHEALTHY air this weekend into early next week. We will continue to update as conditions change.

Fire marshals in our four-county area of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties have issued fire safety burn bans prohibiting outdoor burning including recreational fires.

Current air quality conditions are UNHEALTHY for everyone, but may reach VERY UNHEALTHY for everyone by this afternoon.

While air quality is UNHEALTHY, everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. If air quality reaches VERY UNHEALTHY, everyone may experience more serious health effects.

Everyone should take precautions, especially infants, children, and people over 65, or those that are pregnant, have heart or lung diseases (such as asthma or COPD), respiratory infections, diabetes, stroke survivors, and those suffering from COVID-19.

 Bonney Lake And Sumner Wildfire Updates

For current Bonney Lake/Sumner wildfire evacuation information:

  • Text “pcalert” to 888777 and sign up for updates. Note: when entering code use all lower case, no dashes, one word: pcalert. **The system geolocates people within the evacuation areas the fire and police departments are designating. You will not receive a notice if you live outside of areas being evacuated. **
  • Pierce County Emergency Operations Center’s Evacuation Line: 253-798-1571
  • Follow East Pierce Fire and Rescue, City of Bonney Lake and City of Sumner Twitter and Facebook pages for current info.  Information on when evacuation zones can be re-entered will also be posted there.  If you do not have social media, call the Pierce County EOC line (above).

 Road Closures

Last Updated 9/9/2020 at 4:15 p.m.

Pierce County road crews have been responding to downed trees and debris due to heavy winds and wind gusts since the morning of Monday, Sept. 7. 

Report downed trees and debris on county roadways 24-7 at or (253) 798-6000. If you come across a downed power line, keep your distance and report it to your energy utility company or call 911.

The following road closure is in effect:

  • Myers Rd E. is closed from Hwy 410 to S. Tapps Dr. E due to brush fires. S. Tapps Dr. E is closed from Mary Ann Dr E. westbound to Sumner Tapps Hwy. Sumner Tapps Hwy is closed from S. Tapps Dr E to the Sumner City Limits.  

Visit the Windstorms webpage for the latest road closure information.

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