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NWS issues Air Quality Alert

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KHQ.COM - The wildfires burning through eastern Washington has prompted an air quality alert by the following: Washington Department of Ecology in Spokane, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in Lewiston, Washington Department of Ecology in Yakima, and Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.

According to the National Weather Service the smoke from the wildfires is expected to head across most of eastern Washington and northern Idaho over the next few days.

Right now the air quality levels near the fire such as, Leavenworth, Omak, and Wenatchee range from moderate to unhealthy. Areas close to the fire will continue to see air quality degrade to unhealthy.

Areas further away from the fire will have air quality ranging from good, moderate and unhealthy for different times between the weekend. 

The biggest health threat from the fire is the fine particles in the smoke. It can cause burning eyes, runny noose, bronchitis and other illnesses. The smokey air can also aggravate heart and lung diseases.

NWS is asking people to take common sense precautions. They ask you limit activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky.

For the most up to date report on air quality, CLICK HERE: https://www.spokanecleanair.org/current-air-quality

The air quality alert will continue through Monday morning for the following counties:
  • Chelan
  • Okanogan
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Adams
  • Lincoln
  • Garfield
  • Asotin
  • Whitman
  • Spokane
  • Ferry
  • Stevens
  • Pend Oreille
  • Nez Perce
  • Lewis
  • Latah
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