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Posted on: August 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Wildfires Impact Jefferson County’s Air Quality

For Immediate Release

August 20, 2018

Contact: Stuart Whitford

Jefferson County Environmental Health Director

(360) 385-9411 – Desk
(360) 531-3560 - Cell


Wildfires Impact Jefferson County’s Air Quality


According to the AirNow website, the Port Townsend monitoring station indicates that air quality has deteriorated into the “Unhealthy for Everyone” range.  This means that everyone, especially sensitive groups, should limit time spent outdoors, avoid strenuous activities outdoors, and choose light indoor activities.

The National Weather Service forecast indicates that the smoke may not dissipate until Thursday, so Jefferson County residents are advised to take these additional steps until the smoke clears.

Smoke from wildfires can be particularly dangerous for sensitive groups including people with heart or lung disease, asthma, diabetes, children, especially infants, adults older than 65, pregnant women, and those who have had a stroke.  Additional resources to protect you and your family include:

For more information about health concerns relating to air quality or informational resources, please contact Jefferson County Public Health by phone, or visit the JCPH Website.


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