SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington Department of Ecology in Spokane among other agencies have issued an Air Quality Alert Tuesday.

Officials said winds coming down from the north are carrying smoke from wildfires in Canada through Washington. The following counties are included in the alert:

  • Adams
  • Asotin
  • Chelan
  • Douglas
  • Ferry
  • Garfield
  • Grant
  • Lincoln
  • Pend Orielle
  • Okanogan
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Whitman

Omak, Twisp, Winthrop, Wenatchee, Chelan, Republic, Colville, Spokane, Pullman, Ritzville, Moses Lake, Ephrata, Pomeroy and Clarkson are also included in the Air Quality Alert.

Washington's Air Monitoring Network grades range from good to hazardous. Air quality in Okanogan, Winthrop and Twisp has been graded as unhealthy. Spokane air was labeled as moderate. Depending on the fire and smoke activity over the next couple of days, air quality may stay at its current level or change grades. To check the current grade of your area, click here.

Children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory illnesses are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience respiratory distress, speak with your physician.

To see what resources are available to protect you from smoke effects, click here.