Experts say local air quality worst they've seen from wildfires

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Posted on September 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE-- Spokane and parts of North Idaho experienced a thick blanket of smoky haze Friday.
   
Officials say smoke from several wildfires in Washington is seriously affecting the air quality.

Experts told KREM 2 News they can't remember a time it’s been so smoky in the area because of wild fires.

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency downgraded air quality condition.

Thursday the air was considered unhealthy for elderly people and anyone with breathing problems.

Wildfire smoke continued to linger in Benewah, Kootenai, Shoshone Bonner and Boundary Counties.  Concentrations of fine particulate remain elevated in most areas Improvement in air quality is expected as today progresses.  However, poor atmospheric mixing will persist and we could likely see pollutants build again through the weekend.

Kootenai County had moderate air quality. Unusually sensitive people were asked to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. No open outdoor burning was allowed by state air quality rule.

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The Pinehurst, Silver Valley air quality was named unhealthy for sensitive groups. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children were asked to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. No open outdoor burning was allowed by state air quality rule.

The Greater Sandpoint area had moderate air quality. Unusually sensitive people were asked to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. No open outdoor burning was allowed by state air quality rule.

The Bonners Ferry area had good air quality.

St. Maries’ air quality was named unhealthy for sensitive groups. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children were asked to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. No open outdoor burning was allowed by state air quality rule.
 

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