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Fair food drive-thru, Dutch Bros., Wake Up Call remain closed Sunday due to poor air quality

The coffee stands and the fair food drive-thru both remained closed for the safety of staff and customers Sunday.
Credit: Jamie Renae
Wildfire smoke in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Dutch Bros. coffee stands, Wake Up Call coffee stands, and the Spokane fair drive-thru will remain closed due to poor air quality, Sunday. 

All three drive-thrus initially closed early on Saturday as the air quality remained in the Hazardous range.  

As of Sunday morning, Spokane's air quality is still hazardous, with an index of 495 on a scale to 500. 

"Since the air quality has gotten particularly bad, we are closing all of our stores immediately for the safety of our staff. We'll reopen only when it's safe to do so," reads a post on The Wake Up Call's Facebook page. 

Dutch Bros. Spokane posted on its Facebook page that the Spokane, Spokane Valley and Airway Heights locations would be closing for the safety of employees, according to a post on their Facebook page. 

Dutch Bros said to "stay tuned for updates." 

Hey Dutch Nation! Due to high levels of smoke, we will be closing all of our Spokane/Valley/Airway Heights locations...

Posted by Dutch Bros. Coffee of Spokane Washington on Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Spokane County Fairgrounds also closed the fair drive-through for the safety of "guests, staff and vendors," Saturday. 

Heavy smoke stalled COVID-19 testing in Pullman on Friday, as well as all online and in-person instruction.

"Heavy smoke from regional wildfires has resulted in deteriorating air quality on the WSU Pullman Campus," a post on WSU's Facebook page said. 

Cougar Health Services and the Washington National Guard have stopped #COVID19 testing in #Pullman today. Heavy smoke...

Posted by WSU Pullman on Friday, September 11, 2020