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Where is the closest city with better air quality? You'd have to drive 6-8 hours from Spokane to find it

Using the AirNow interactive air quality map, KREM looked for the closest cities with air quality in the moderate and good air quality categories.
Credit: Maxine
Credit: Maxine

SPOKANE, Wash — The air quality in the Inland Northwest has been hazardous since Saturday and if you want to get away from it, you’d have to travel far from Spokane and Coeur d’Alene to breathe easier.

According to the National Weather Service, air quality is likely to remain at least in the unhealthy range until the weekend.

Using the AirNow interactive air quality map, KREM looked for the closest cities with air quality in the moderate and good air quality categories as of Tuesday morning.

Just a reminder that it’s not recommended by health experts to drive in the hazardous air quality. This is just for context of how widespread the poor air quality is across the western United States.   

If you’re willing to settle for moderate air quality, the closest cities include Great Falls, Montana, Twin Falls, Idaho, Idaho Falls and Tillamook, Oregon.

Great Falls, Montana is about a six-hour drive from Spokane. Tillamoook, Oregon is nearly seven-hours away. Idaho Falls is seven-and-a-half-hours away. Twin Falls is about eight-and-a-half-hours away. 

If you prefer the fresher air, you’d have to travel a little farther. Pocatello, Idaho, Humboldt, Nevada, Rock Springs, Wyoming and Wolf Point, Montana

Pocatello, Idaho is just over eight-hours away from Spokane. Humboldt, Nevada is over nine hours away. Rock Springs, Wyoming is nearly 12-hours away and Wolf Point, Montana is about 11 hours away.