Air quality considered 'unhealthy' in parts of Washington

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by KREM.com & Hayley Guenthner

KREM.com

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 9:22 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- As several wildfires burn in the state of Washington, the air quality continues to diminish.

At least four different agencies in the Inland Northwest issued air quality alerts including the Washington Department of Transportation and the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.
 
The smoke from Washington’s wildfires is expected to drift across much of the eastern part of the state and into North Idaho.

The air quality is rated “unhealthy” for places close to wildfires like Leavenworth, Omak, and Wenatchee.  However, conditions were expected to improve on Friday.

The biggest health threat from the bad air quality comes from actual particles in the smoke, according to experts.  The particles can cause burning eyes, runny noses, and even bronchitis.

Smokey air can also aggravate lung and heart disease, which could be fatal.

Experts said to limit your outdoor activities while wildfires continue.
 

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