Lots of yellow dots (moderate air quality) in our area as shown on this screenshot of EPA’s Fire and Smoke map. The Canadian wildfire smoke is affecting a large portion of the U.S.
For the Spokane-area, hazy skies will stick around today as a ridge of high-pressure limits ventilation. A welcome change in wind patterns should bring noticeable improvement by Saturday afternoon. The AQI will likely stay in Moderate/Yellow range today and tomorrow, with a return to AQI-Good/Green for Sunday and Monday. Current air quality is provided here, which is updated hourly.
This is early in terms of air quality impacts from regional wildfires. Yesterday, Spokane’s AQI reached the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG/Orange) for one hour at the Turnbull Wildfire Refuge monitoring site.
It’s a good nudge to start working on ways to keep your indoor air clean – like changing your furnace/HVAC system filters. You might consider investing in a portable air cleaner for the room in your home where you spend the most time. Check out more ways to reduce your smoke exposure.