SPOKANE, Wash. — Air quality is now unhealthy throughout areas in the Inland Northwest and Idaho.
The Washington State Department of Ecology air quality map shows weakened air quality levels in and around Spokane, ranging from “unhealthy” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups”. There are a few red dots across Washington and Idaho. This is an unhealthy air quality alert meaning people may begin to experience health effects as a result of the decline in air quality.
In Idaho, there are air quality alerts for moderate to unhealthy air quality in multiple counties, according to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. They include: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties.
Along with the air quality decrease, The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for certain areas in the Inland Northwest. The forecast has the potential for scattered dry thunderstorms over eastern Washington and North Idaho Wednesday.
Leading into Labor Day weekend, Washington State Department of Natural resources said in a press release that fire safety is crucial. DNR officials said 88 percent of Washington wildfires have been human caused in 2017.
Thunderstorms last night in Palouse and North Idaho. Now waiting for lightning caused fires. More t-storms possible today. #TinderDry— Tom Sherry (@KREMTomSherry) August 30, 2017
The picture below shows areas shaded in pink where the Red Flag Warning is in place.