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COVID-19 is complicating Seattle's response to wildfire smoke

7 days ago   |   By Grist

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Before the pandemic, the Rainier Beach Community Center served as a cornerstone of South Seattle civic life, hosting children's operas, legal clinics, and pancake breakfasts. In 2019, after distant wildfires blanketed the city in hazy, unhealthy air for weeks in both August 2017 and August 2018, the Seattle city government designated it and four other public buildings as community refuges from smoke. The shelters were meant to offer a respite for thousands of...
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