Wenatchee residents flee to Spokane to escape smokey air




Posted on September 24, 2012 at 6:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 4:10 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Because of regional wildfires, public health officials say the air quality is worse than when Mount Saint Helens erupted in some areas.

Places in and around Wenatchee are among the worst. Conditions are forcing many people to pack up the car and head out of town.

Some families say conditions are so bad in that part of the state that they just had to get away.

Brian and Emily Wilgus came to Spokane looking for relief with their 2-year-old daughter Sophia. They say conditions in Wenatchee are so bad that they worry about Sophia playing outside.

“It’s tough being inside all the time. I’d love to go out to the park with her and let her blow off some steam and kind of have some fun. We just can’t. We have to stay inside,” Brian Wilgus said.

The Wright family also made a trip to Spokane this weekend. They say it’s just nice to see the sky and breathe in clean air.

“Being out in the smoke really affects my lungs and I have to use my inhaler a lot lately,” Cierra Wright said.

Both families are headed back to Wenatchee this week but plan to continue to travel back to Spokane often until the smoke clears.

The Wilgus family will leave Sophia with her grandparents in Spokane while they return to work. They say it’s tough to leave her but they want the best for her health.