Ash rains down on Pierce County as wildfires rage

Wildfire ash leaving messy residue on Pierce County vehicles

Area wildfires are raining ash on Pierce County.
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Area wildfires are raining ash on Pierce County.

Ash rained down on Pierce County on Tuesday as wildfires across Washington continued to rage.

Officials said it was mostly from the Norse Peak Fire, which continues to threaten Crystal Mountain Resort.

Another fire broke out Tuesday just east of Greenwater, burning more than 500 acres of timber, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

“It’s hard to breathe, kind of nasty,” Chris Snelling, who is visiting Greenwater, told KIRO.

Ash thinly coated cars and was so thick in some areas that people flooded 911 dispatchers with complaints and concerns.

“Please only call 911 if there is a fire or medical emergency,” East Pierce Fire & Rescue posted on its Facebook page.

Air quality was listed as moderate Tuesday but is expected to degrade throughout the day. Officials warn that smoke can sting your eyes, cause trouble breathing and worsen chronic heart disease.

Winds should sweep through Thursday and blow out some of the smoke and ash.

“Much of the state will continue (to) experience smoke and haze ...” according to the state Department of Ecology.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653