‘I feel trapped’: Seattle’s smoky, hazy days can’t end soon enough, residents say

Dozens of people have shared how the smoke has affected their summer in the Pacific Northwest, many describing serious health issues or canceled outdoor plans.

The “apocalyptic skies” in Seattle are set to end, capping a series of smoky days that some say has been as depressing as the air looks.

Dozens across the Puget Sound region have contacted The Seattle Times since Wednesday afternoon via social media, phone calls and email to share how the haze has impacted their summer, many describing stories of serious health issues or  outdoor plans canceled because of the smoke.

Their responses varied on a spectrum from somewhat tolerant — saying places north have it worse  — to outright miserable. One reader said the smoke has made her want to move away.

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“I usually walk 3.5 miles each day,” wrote Jim Fontana. “Now, I am staying in, not walking to avoid the smoke. Also, we skipped going hiking at Mt. Rainier last weekend.”

Meteorologists on Thursday morning said they expect the smoke, which blanketed the city more than a week ago because of wildfires in British Columbia, to start dissipating in the evening and continue petering out Friday as southern winds push over the Puget Sound region.

“Could have lifted 3 days ago & it still wouldn’t be soon enough,” one Seattleite tweeted.

[This is not a drill: Seattle’s hazy smoke from B.C. wildfires could finally lift on Friday.]

A couple of people said they rescheduled or canceled trips, including to British Columbia and the Cascades, because of the cloudy air affecting their lungs and views.

For physical affects, people cited coughs, headaches, itchy eyes and respiratory or nasal problems. Shelley Nixon, for instance, said because of her asthma she’s had to stay inside and miss out on gardening, boating, exercising and getting a…

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