Here’s how to get wildfire ash off your car

SEATTLE — Ashes begin to fall in parts of western Washington as wildfires break out near White Pass and Stevens Pass.

Wiping or rinsing wildfire ash off your vehicle can release harmful chemicals and cause paint damage. Instead, you should wash your vehicle thoroughly with soap and water.

According to the AAA, in dry conditions you should brush off ash with a long-handled feather duster instead of wiping it off or using a feather duster.

If you wash your vehicle at home, soak thoroughly and wash with warm water, a soft glove, towel or sponge, and formulated car wash soap. Start at the roof and work your way down and around the panels. Be sure to rinse your vehicle thoroughly and dry it with a soft, clean towel.

AAA said it was important to remove the ashes from the car as soon as possible. It may take several days and multiple washes as ash continues to fall depending on conditions.

Twitter users began sharing where they saw Ashes Saturday morning, including Everett and Bothell. Here’s how to get wildfire ash off your car

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