As the firefighters make headway on the fires throughout the pacific northwest, mother nature helps extinguish the flames by providing cooler temps and light wind to blow the smoke out of the valleys; it can still be troublesome for drivers getting to their destinations!

I know I was caught in the poor road conditions due to restricted visibility this past weekend driving back from Ellensburg. Ideally, if you don't need to drive, then simply don't. But that's not an option for many. So if you do need to go, make sure you're in the know before you hit the road.

cars driving from Ellensburg to Yakima, Washington through smoky valley

The Washington State Department of Transportation shared a few important links to keep handy before and while you travel, especially during fire seasons.

"With ongoing wildfires continuing to affect roads, a reminder of three places you can stay looped in on closures/openings"
- WSDOT Facebook Page

The Three Websites To Remember Before You Travel:

A real-time "Travel Center Map" detailing road construction, fires, back-ups, delays, detours, and wrecks. Make sure to bookmark:

Washington State Department of Transportation Travel Map

The WSDOT's mobile App. Very handy to have on your phone, ready to go when you're on the go. Please remember not to use your phone while driving! Information on WSDOT's App can be found at this link:

Washington State Department of Transportation mobile app in app store page
Apple App Store / WSDOT Mobile App

And, if you want to get updates sent right to your email, the WSDOT has a way to do that as well. To sign up for their E-mail Updates, you can go here:


BONUS APP For Dealing with Smoke in the Valley!

After publishing this article, listener Vic Rohret messaged us and shared an app that he enjoys. The app titled EPA AIRNow is an app that "increases public access to information about air quality all year, including during wildfires."

Sarah J
TSM/Sarah J

Please be safe while you travel, and be in the know before you go.

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