With a summer rain storm blowing into the region from the Pacific, people were reporting an odd but familiar smell in the air on Capitol Hill Thursday night — smoke, apparently from Eastern Washington beyond the Cascades.
— exit (@meagana93) August 28, 2015
All I smell is smoke ? #CapitolHill
— G K (@GKellyPR) August 28, 2015
— Mario John (@mariojohn206) August 28, 2015
Reports are also coming in from other neighborhoods.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 28, 2015
— Mariah Hanley (@mariahh_1) August 28, 2015
In at least one instance, Seattle Fire has been called out to investigate but found nothing. Others report that their building fire alarms have been set off by the smoke — though that could also have been coincidence.
There were no major fires being responded to in Seattle as of 11:30 PM.
Earlier in the day, Senator Maria Cantwell was at Seattle University for a hearing on wildfires burning across Washington State and the west. One of the largest blazes near Chelan is more than 150 miles away from Seattle.
— Pam Mandel (@nerdseyeview) August 28, 2015
UPDATE x2: A fire near Shelton — less than 100 miles away — could also be a culprit.
Pictures of the Skokomish Valley brush fire. pic.twitter.com/O6SMZhX9al
— PIO (@CMFEpio) August 28, 2015