Wildfire smoke is choking the West but helping firefighters - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wildfire smoke is choking the West but helping firefighters

Posted: Updated:
DENVER -

Wildfire smoke blanketing much of the Western U.S. is setting off health alarms, but firefighters say it's helping them by containing temperatures and boosting humidity.

Weather forecasters said Friday the smoke reflects some of the sun's radiation back into the atmosphere, reducing heat.

Bryan Henry, a manager at the National Interagency Fire Center, said the lower temperatures help keep humidity higher.

The humidity seeps into trees and grasses, making them less flammable.

The interagency fire center says crews are trying to control 82 major fires in 10 Western states, up from 76 fires in nine states on Thursday.

The fires are burning on about 2,300 square miles (6,000 square kilometers).

Forecasters say the smoke is starting to clear.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Body of missing 6-year-old Lynnwood boy found in dumpster

    Body of missing 6-year-old Lynnwood boy found in dumpster

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 10:55 AM EDT2017-10-17 14:55:10 GMT

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. - The body of 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko has been found in a dumpster at an apartment in Lynnwood, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department says there is evidence he was the victim of homicide.Major Crimes detectives are now investigating and a 19-year-old male has been taken into custody. He is a relative of the boy. The boy was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Monday.

    >>

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. - The body of 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko has been found in a dumpster at an apartment in Lynnwood, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department says there is evidence he was the victim of homicide.Major Crimes detectives are now investigating and a 19-year-old male has been taken into custody. He is a relative of the boy. The boy was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Monday.

    >>
  • Trisha Yearwood to miss 2 Spokane Garth Brooks shows

    Trisha Yearwood to miss 2 Spokane Garth Brooks shows

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-10-17 19:21:42 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Arena announced on Tuesday that Trisha Yearwood will miss two of the seven Garth Brooks shows in Spokane next month due to scheduling conflicts.  On Thursday, November 9 Trisha will be finishing the filming of her cooking show, and on Tuesday, November 14 she will be filming the CMA Christmas Music Special in Nashville. She will perform at the other five shows in Spokane. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Arena announced on Tuesday that Trisha Yearwood will miss two of the seven Garth Brooks shows in Spokane next month due to scheduling conflicts.  On Thursday, November 9 Trisha will be finishing the filming of her cooking show, and on Tuesday, November 14 she will be filming the CMA Christmas Music Special in Nashville. She will perform at the other five shows in Spokane. 

    >>
  • Woman punched in the face at Montana homecoming game

    Woman punched in the face at Montana homecoming game

    Monday, October 16 2017 9:21 PM EDT2017-10-17 01:21:25 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. - After a fight at the University of Montana homecoming football game in Missoula this weekend, a Helena woman was left with two black eyes. "The next thing I know is I am bleeding all over the place and I have no idea what happened," said Nancy Collick, the alleged victim. Nancy is still in shock and has been seeing different doctors to get her eyes and nose checked out.

    >>

    MISSOULA, Mont. - After a fight at the University of Montana homecoming football game in Missoula this weekend, a Helena woman was left with two black eyes. "The next thing I know is I am bleeding all over the place and I have no idea what happened," said Nancy Collick, the alleged victim. Nancy is still in shock and has been seeing different doctors to get her eyes and nose checked out.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Deputies: Florida boy beats back creepy clown with selfie stick

    Deputies: Florida boy beats back creepy clown with selfie stick

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 1:44 AM EDT2017-10-18 05:44:06 GMT

    DELAND, Fla. - A sheriff's office in Florida is offering a stern warning to potential creepy clowns as Halloween gets closer: "We will not be there to save you if your intended target defends himself or herself, and you may face other penalties as well." That warning comes from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office after an 11-year-old boy had a terrifying run-in with a man dressed as a clown.

    >>

    DELAND, Fla. - A sheriff's office in Florida is offering a stern warning to potential creepy clowns as Halloween gets closer: "We will not be there to save you if your intended target defends himself or herself, and you may face other penalties as well." That warning comes from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office after an 11-year-old boy had a terrifying run-in with a man dressed as a clown.

    >>
  • Neighbors outraged after St. Maries officer shoots deer

    Neighbors outraged after St. Maries officer shoots deer

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 11:41 PM EDT2017-10-18 03:41:44 GMT

    ST. MARIES, Idaho - In a windy, but quiet family-friendly neighborhood, it seems like everyone had a personal connection with a certain whitetail deer. “From the mailman, to the Avista guys to the contractors doing work on the homes and all the neighbors,” Mia Suchoski said. Mia Suchoski called the deer “Bucky” while her neighbors Donna and Doug Smeltzer called it “Baby.”

    >>

    ST. MARIES, Idaho - In a windy, but quiet family-friendly neighborhood, it seems like everyone had a personal connection with a certain whitetail deer. “From the mailman, to the Avista guys to the contractors doing work on the homes and all the neighbors,” Mia Suchoski said. Mia Suchoski called the deer “Bucky” while her neighbors Donna and Doug Smeltzer called it “Baby.”

    >>
  • Spokane's Riverfront Park ice ribbon in final completion stages

    Spokane's Riverfront Park ice ribbon in final completion stages

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-10-18 02:19:46 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. Crews were busy today as they put in new landscaping around the very anticipated Riverfront Park ice ribbon “it's really exciting because everything is coming together this fall and over the winter," said Director of Parks and Recreation Leroy Eadie.

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. Crews were busy today as they put in new landscaping around the very anticipated Riverfront Park ice ribbon “it's really exciting because everything is coming together this fall and over the winter," said Director of Parks and Recreation Leroy Eadie.

    >>