Poor air quality plagues Inland Northwest

Poor air quality plagues Inland Northwest

Credit: KREM 2 viewer

Sunset near Quincy, through the smoke.

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:44 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Smoke continues to pool in the Inland Northwest as a result of growing wildfires across neighboring states.

Air quality is currently considered unhealthy for sensitive groups in the Spokane area, and hazardous in Wenatchee. Conditions are less than ideal in Idaho, as well. Coeur d’Alene’s air quality is good, but other areas like Moscow are creeping into the unhealthy range.

KREM 2 viewers say they’ve been plagued by smoke throughout wildfire season. Some from Moses Lake, Othello and Quincy even reported seeing “raining ash” this week.

We are getting ash falling in Moses lake.  It's falling enough to see it in the air. Credit: KREM 2 Viewer

Mostly sunny skies are expected for the last bit of fall, along with the haze. Take a look at your latest forecast here.

Smoke can cause burning eyes, a runny nose and affect bronchitis and other lung conditions. Residents are advised to take precautions and stay up-to-date with advisories. Especially sensitive groups should stay indoors.

For the latest conditions, visit:

Washington Department of Ecology forecast

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

 

 

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