Yes, the air in Thurston County — and throughout Western Washington — is filled with smoke.
With the exception of a few local brush fires, it’s not a local problem. Most of that smoke is traveling south from British Columbia, Canada, according to the National Weather Service’s Seattle office.
Meteorologists report that the smoke has traveled south because of air flow patterns. It’s expected to stay in the area through Friday.
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People with respiratory problems are advised to limit outdoor activity if possible.
There is an upside, the National Weather Service reports. The heavy smoke is blocking the sun, keeping local temperatures cooler than originally predicted.
Much of Western Washington is under an excessive heat warning, with temperatures expected to surpass 100 degrees in Olympia.