Air stagnation advisory issued through Tuesday



Posted on September 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 2:28 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- An air stagnation advisory continues for Eastern Washington, where smoke from regional wildfires blankets the region.

Smoke will pick up again Monday, and poor air quality will persist throughout the week. The air stagnation advisory applies to Grant, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams and Whitman Couties, along with parts of Garfield and Asotin Counties. In Idaho, Benewah, Kootenai, Shoshone and Bonner Counties are affected.
Gov. Gregoire ordered an immediate burn ban for the east side of the state Friday, and it will remain active through Tuesday. It includes all campfires, bonfires, yard clean-up and land clearing.
KREM 2 viewers say they’ve been plagued by smoke through wildfire season. It’s blanketing cities across the bi-state area. School officials even cancelled high school football games in Lapwai, Idaho and Pullman over the weekend because of poor air quality.
A handful of fires are to blame for the haze. They include:
  • The Wenatchee Complex fires, 17 percent contained (as of Sunday)
  • The Barker Canyon Complex fires, 96 percent contained (as of Sunday)
  • The Sheep Fire, 24 percent contained (as of Sunday)
The air quality throughout the affected areas is considered hazardous, according to the Washington Department of Ecology. Residents are advised to take precautions and stay up-to-date with advisories. Especially sensitive groups should stay indoors.
The department says smoke can cause burning eyes, a runny nose and affect bronchitis and other lung conditions.
Air quality in regions of Eastern Washington and North Idaho is considered unhealthy.