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Wildfire smoke causes poor air quality in Inland Northwest

On Saturday afternoon, the air quality reached the category "unhealthy" in Spokane.

SPOKANE, Wash. — On Saturday afternoon, the air quality reached the category "Unhealthy". This air quality can affect members of sensitive groups who may experience health effects, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. The general public is not likely to be affected. In this category, it is a scale from 101 to 150, as of 11:30 a.m. it is at 119.

As of 4 p.m. on Saturday, the air quality is back down to "moderate". 

Wildfire smoke has created hazy and smoky skies. Several fires in central Idaho and the Asotin Complex Fire created a field of smoke extending as far north as Spokane and Coeur d'Alene during the morning.  

In Idaho, the air quality near Coeur d'Alene and further north is in the "unhealthy" category. 

Further south, near St. Maries, Moscow, and Lewiston they have reached the "unhealthy" category as well, According to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. This means that everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. 

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