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Weather Authority Alert: Air quality in Spokane currently unhealthy

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Air quality was in the red range Sunday afternoon. Air quality was in the red range Sunday afternoon.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

After a brief break on Saturday, air quality in the Spokane area deteriorated rapidly Sunday morning. Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reports that pollution has reached the unhealthy or red range for everyone as of Sunday afternoon.

An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the weather service due to elevated concentrations of wildfire smoke from fires burning across the region. All areas east of the Cascades and into North Idaho can expect smoky air quality.

Spokane Regional Health District recommends taking the following precautions:

  • Everyone should avoid heavy work or exercise outdoors when the air quality index reaches unhealthy levels.
     
  • Older adults, small children, and those with respiratory conditions or heart disease may be more sensitive to poor air quality and should stay indoors and avoid heavy work when air quality reaches unhealthy levels.
     
  • Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps dilute phlegm in the respiratory tract, making it easier to cough out smoke particles. Plan on coughing; it is nature's way of clearing your lungs. Avoid caffeine products, sugary drinks and alcohol because they have a dehydrating effect.
     
  • Stay cool if the weather is warm. Run your air conditioner to recirculate air. Turn the fan blower on manually so it continuously filters the air in your home.  
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