SPOKANE, Wash.-- It was not just dozens of wildfires across Washington that contributed to poor air quality Monday in Spokane.
The Clean Air Agency said recently harvested fields and road construction kicked a lot of dirt into the air. That mixed with wildfires around Central Washington created extremely dusty and hazy conditions.
Experts said there have been more fires in the past month in the Inland Northwest than in the last two summers.
Despite limited visibility, experts said the air quality index still read between the “good” and “moderate” categories.
Air technicians said as wind died down through late Monday, so would the dust. But depending on how long the fires burned, a haze could sit in the area for several days.