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Air Quality Alert in effect through 10 a.m. Monday, August 16

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SPOKANE, Wash – Based on current wildfires, smoke levels and weather patterns, an air quality alert is in effect for all counties east of the Cascades, announced the National Weather Service after coordination with state and local air quality agencies across the state. The alert will be in effect through 10 a.m., Monday.

The local air quality forecast by Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency for today is Unhealthy/Red on the AQI as northerly winds continue to bring wildfire smoke into our area. A cold front on Sunday is expected to begin clearing out smoke across the area.

“Air quality conditions can change rapidly, especially during wildfire season, so it is important to check the Air Quality Index regularly for updates,” said Lisa Woodard.

When air quality reaches unhealthy/red on the AQI, everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

“It is vital that individuals check current air quality conditions and take the necessary steps to protect their health. Inhaling smoke is not good for anyone, even healthy people. We recommend that people who are sensitive to poor air quality stay indoors and keep their indoor air as clean as possible,” said Dr. Francisco Velázquez, Interim Health Officer for Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD). “You should also keep medications on hand and contact your health provider if necessary.”

Go here https://spokanecleanair.org/air-quality/wildfire-smoke/ to read more about:

Who are most likely to have health problems from breathing smoke?
What respiratory symptoms are common to both wildfire smoke and the COVID-19 virus?
What other smoke-related health effects I should be aware of?
How can I reduce my exposure to wildfire smoke, including indoors?

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